Missouri News: Kansas City Man, Chance Ayers, Who Led Police in Car Chase Charged with Illegal Firearm

KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) – A Kansas City, Missouri man who rammed a police vehicle and crashed into two more cars while leading officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle was charged in federal court today with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Chance Ayers, 24, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo.

According to an affidavit filed in support of today’s federal criminal complaint, on March 3, 2019, a Kansas City police detective saw Ayers driving a maroon 2002 Mercury Sable, which had been reported stolen when the keys were taken during a burglary earlier that day.  The detective followed Ayers to a gas station, where he pulled up next to the front of the building.  A police captain, dressed in full police uniform and driving an unmarked police vehicle equipped with emergency lights and siren, arrived to conduct a car check.  The captain activated his lights, got out of his vehicle, and made verbal contact with Ayers.

When Ayers saw the captain, the affidavit says, he immediately put his car in reverse and backed up until he struck the front of the captain’s police vehicle.  Ayers continued to accelerate in reverse and the Mercury began pushing the parked police vehicle backward.  The captain was dragged backwards through the parking lot as he struggled with Ayers through the driver’s window of the Mercury in an effort to get Ayers to stop.  The captain was able to disengage from Ayers and the Mercury before it entered 11th Street.  Ayers continued to push the police vehicle until it struck a wooden utility pole, which sheared off.  Ayers then placed the Mercury in drive and fled westbound on 12th Street.

A civilian police department employee, who was seated in the front passenger seat of the police vehicle, was treated at a hospital for neck and back pain.  The police vehicle was towed from the scene.

A Kansas City police officer soon located Ayers, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, near 12th Street and Chestnut.  The officer activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle, the affidavit says, but Ayers refused to stop.  Ayers allegedly ran multiple red traffic signals as he traveled at a high rate of speed.  Ayers made a wide turn onto 71 Highway, almost driving off the road. Ayers continued to drive at a high rate of speed in rainy conditions on 71 Highway, the affidavit says, weaving in and out of all three lanes.  When Ayers exited 71 Hwy at 39th Street, he caused an accident with another vehicle, but did not stop.  The officer pursuing Ayers was unable to continue the pursuit and lost sight of Ayers after he exited at 39th Street.

Ayers eventually wrecked into a parked car on Wayne Avenue.  A police sergeant saw Ayers run from the vehicle towards Highland Avenue.  The sergeant located an open garage door of an abandoned residence at 4316 Highland Avenue and heard noises inside.  A perimeter was set up and Ayers was eventually taken into custody inside the residence.  Ayers had two 12-gauge shotgun shells in his right front pants pocket at the time of his arrest.

The Mercury had major damage, and was towed from the scene. Inside the vehicle, officers found a loaded New England 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun on the driver’s side floorboard.  Two more shotgun shells were found on the floor next to the shotgun.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.  Ayers has prior felony convictions for burglary, theft and criminal damage.  He was on state parole at the time of the alleged offense.

The charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt.  Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison D. Dunning. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.