A Willow Springs man faces several charges following an incident in southern Texas County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. 

A Willow Springs man faces multiple charges after he crashed into a tree Tuesday afternoon, and then ended up in potentially deadly circumstance involving emergency responders.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report, Timothy N. Freedle, 33, is charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon, driving while intoxicated, no driver’s license, failure to register a motor vehicle and no insurance.

Troop G Sgt. Jeff Kinder said Freedle ran his vehicle off Highway 137 near Chapel Road at about 3:30 p.m., and was uninjured. Personnel from the Clear Springs Fire Department and an ambulance crew responded to the scene, and observed Freedle pointing a pistol at his head.

Kinder said a scuffle ensued between Freedle and a responder, and Freedle’s gun discharged while the responder tried to wrestle it away. Nobody was hit by the bullet.

Freedle was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for mental evaluation. Emergency personnel remained on the scene for about two hours.

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