Stuart man sought by authorities after wild chase and crash late last week


February 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Guthrie County are on the lookout for a man wanted in connection with a wild pursuit that took place late last week. According to the Stuart Police Department, an officer tried to stop a vehicle driven by 25-year old Alex Nolan, of Stuart, at around 11:40-p.m. Thursday. Officials say Nolan, who has been barred from driving since March 2011 for being a Habitual Offender, failed to stop for the officer when he activated his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle Nolan was driving was headed north on Adair Street at around 50-to 60-miles per hour, when it hit a set of railroad tracks at Adair and Front Streets.  The impact launched the vehicle 65-feet into the air before it came crashing down in the middle of Front Street.

Despite having sustained severe damage from the crash, the vehicle continued north on Adair Street, until its engine finally gave out when it pulled into the Stuart Speedway. Officials say Nolan then took off on foot  into the woods just east of the speedway. Two male passengers in  the vehicle suffered minor injuries during 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 in the woods, but were unsuccessful. He’s currently facing criminal charges that include driving while bared, eluding, interference with official acts, reckless driving, and numerous traffic offenses.