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August 15, 2013

Iowa Fugitives Crash Stolen Vehicle During High Speed Chase in Schuyler County

Two escapees from an Iowa drug treatment facility were seriously injured when the stolen car they were driving ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole in the midst of a high-speed pursuit in Schuyler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 5:42 p.m. on Route E, nine miles east of Queen City. First responders from Scotland County, as well as law enforcement and emergency service personnel, were en route to assist if the chase spilled over into Scotland County, and all responded to the accident.

David L. Mullin, 32, of Kirksville was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, which was reportedly stolen from Henry County, IA. Clint M. Loveall, 34, of Albia, IA, was a passenger in the vehicle. Both men had reportedly walked away from the Iowa Residential Treatment Center in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

The car was spotted by a Schuyler County Sheriff's Deputy in Queen City and a pursuit ensued.

Mullin suffered moderate injuries in the crash. He was taken by Schuyler County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Loveall was seriously injured in the crash. Fire and rescue squad members had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate him from the wreckage. He was flown from the scene by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

According to the Ottumwa Courier, on July 30th Loveall had pled guilty to attempted murder in Ottumwa and was awaiting an August 26th sentencing date. Part of the plea agreement allowed him to be held at the drug treatment facility while he was awaiting sentencing.

Mullin was being held at the same facility awaiting sentencing for his conviction on first degree arson charges. In late July, Mullin was targeted by the Kirksville Police Department as the "Fugitive of the Week" as he reportedly was being sought at that time for felony absconding and escape from custody charges in Iowa.

Mullin is now facing a class C felony 2nd degree assault charge stemming from the motor vehicle accident as well as a class C felony charge of tampering with a motor vehicle related to the stolen car.

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