A Springfield man who fled from law enforcement and assaulted two state officers was arraigned last week in Texas County court and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.
Christopher A. Hunt, 32, was charged in September with multiple crimes following a pursuit in Wright and Texas counties.
He is charged with two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, three counts of assault or attempted assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and resisting arrest by fleeing, all felonies.
Texas County Circuit Court Judge John D. Beger granted a motion last Tuesday to reduce Hunt’s bail amount from $1 million to $250,000. Hunt is scheduled to be in court for a trial setting on Dec. 20.
Hunt also is charged with first-degree robbery in Greene County in connection with a September car theft.
According to a probable cause statement from the robbery, a man drove the Chrysler 300 to the Fast N Friendly gas station on North Kansas Expressway in Springfield just before midnight on Sept. 9 when he approached by a man with a gun.
The man with the weapon — later identified as Hunt — pointed the weapon at the victim, then got into the Chrysler 300 and drove away, according to the statement.
The car was later abandoned at a Texas County residence near Cabool after a chase and another vehicle was stolen.
The county chase ended when Hunt sprayed two state patrol officers with Mace as he was apprehended near Cabool Second Baptist Church.