On March 24, 2021, at about 7:30 p.m., members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation along East Breckenridge in Mexico. The vehicle fled from the troopers and was located crashed a few minutes later near Breckenridge and Boulevard. The driver had fled on foot into the area within the AP Green plant. The area was full of debris, as demolition is underway.
At about 7:34 p.m., Audrain County Sheriff’s K9 Chal and his handler arrived and began a ground track of the driver. The driver, later identified as Paul A. Boles, 49, of Mexico, was sniffed out by K9 Chal about 300 yards into the area. Boles was found hiding in a pile of insulation that had been placed there during demolition.
Chal’s handler and the Troopers gave Boles several commands to show his hands and come out of the pile, which he refused to do, and Boles placed in hands under his body where the deputy and troopers could not see them.
K9 Chal was given the command to apprehend Boles, and did so, engaging his left upper arm. Boles began fighting with Chal, causing Chal to release Boles and re-engage his right upper arm.
Chal was able to then maintain control of Boles until the deputy and troopers could successfully get to Boles and handcuff him.
Boles was allegedly found to be in possession of Methamphetamine after his arrest. He was transported to the Audrain Community Hospital and treated for minor injuries he sustained during his encounter with Chal, where he received 6 stiches in his upper arms.
Boles remains in the Audrain County Jail pending formal charges for Felony Driving Revoked, Felony Resisting Arrest, Felony Leaving the Scene of a Crash, and Felony and Misdemeanor Drug related charges. He is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
No further information will be released at tis time.
Releasing Authority; Matt Oller, Sheriff