Parolee arrested in Purdy after fleeing from police

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Man with felony warrant found hiding in closet of apartment

A Fulton man was arrested in Purdy after fleeing a vehicle and hiding in the closet of an apartment on Washington Street.

Christopher Hile, 33, of Fulton, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly violating his probation and parole, conditions of a 2015 sentencing to five years in the department of corrections for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Jackie Lowe, Purdy police chief, said an officer attempted to stop a vehicle near business 37 and Brite Street when Hile allegedly took off.

"It was a stop for a routine traffic violation," he said. "There was a female driver and he was a passenger, and he bailed out and took off running."

Lowe said multiple agencies, including Purdy police, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Barry County Sheriff's Office and Butterfield Police Department, initiated a search for Hile, eventually finding him hiding in the closet of an apartment on Washington Street.

"We think he knew who lives at that apartment, but the guy renting it said he does not know how Hile got in, even though both doors were locked," Lowe said. "We are still investigating the man who is renting that apartment."

Hile was sentenced to the five years in prison on March 17, 2015, after pleading guilty on feb. 25, 2015. The date of his parole was not readily available.

He is now being held in the Barry County jail on no bond. A court date has yet to be determined.

"The Purdy Police Department would like to thank all of the officers that responded to assist us with this incident," Lowe said.

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