(STUART) A Stuart man faces charges after eluding officers Thursday night.
The Stuart Police Department says an officer attempted to stop a vehicle, driven by Alex Nolan, at around 11:42 pm. Nolan, who had a barred license, failed to stop for the officer when he activated his emergency lights and siren. Nolan fled north on Adair Street before hitting a set of railroad tracks at Front Street. The vehicle was traveling approximately 50 to 60 mph when it hit the railroad tracks, causing it to travel 65 feet through the air before crashing in the middle of Front Street. The vehicle suffered severe damage but continued north on Adair Street until the engine gave out as it pulled into the Stuart Speedway.
Police attempted to locate Nolan in the woods, but were unsuccessful. He faces charges of Driving While Barred, Eluding, Interference with Official Acts, Reckless Driving and numerous traffic offenses. Two male occupants of the vehicle sustained minor injuries in the crash and were transported to the Guthrie County Hospital by Stuart Rescue
The Guthrie and Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Panora Police Department and Stuart Rescue all responded and assisted Stuart Police in attempting to locate Nolan. Nolan is considered innocent until proven guilty.