Pair leads Jackson County Police on high-speed chase with baby in vehicle

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A man and woman are in custody after officials say the fled from officers with a 17-month-old baby in the vehicle.

Tyler Hale, 26, of Blue Springs, Mo., is charged with two counts of assault or attempted assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm and endangering the welfare of a child. Courtney Crum, of Odessa, Mo., is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

According to the probable cause statement filed by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Hale was driving the vehicle and fled Lafayette County Sheriff's deputies westbound on I-70 and crossed into Jackson County. 

Law enforcement say they used "stop sticks" to flatten at least one of Hale's tires. Halle allegedly fired at officers before attempting to flee on foot.

Officers then found Crum and her child in the vehicle. A semi-automatic handgun was also recovered from the truck.

According to documents, Crum claims Hale told her to show officers the child so that they wouldn't be shoot at the vehicle.

Hale told officers he didn't want to stop because he knew there were warrants out for his arrest.

He was convicted of receiving stolen property in 2014 and sentenced to seven years in prison with five years probation. His sentence was initially suspended but his probation was revoked and his sentence was executed last month, according to Missouri Case.net.

Hale is currently held on a $200,000 bond and Crum is held on a $20,000 bond.

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