A Springfield man is dead after crashing his car late Wednesday after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop.
Police say 18-year-old David Mims was spotted by a patrol car failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Officers turned on their flashing lights to pull him over, but he sped off. They attempted to follow him, but did not engage in a high-speed chase. They say Mims ran stop signs and drove erratically until they lost sight of him.
Moments later, dispatch received a call of a crash at 9th and Stanford. Officers found that Mims’s vehicle had hit a tree. He had to be extricated from the vehicle and was pronounced dead a short time later. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.