Mark Edward Irelan, 39, of Marionville, Missouri was arrested and charged after exposing himself and leading area enforcement on a vehicle pursuit.
FAIRLAND – A Springfield man was arrested and charged on July 7 after exposing himself and leading area enforcement on a vehicle pursuit from Wyandotte to Fairland.
Mark Edward Irelan, 39, of Marionville, Missouri was arrested and charged in Ottawa County District Court with Indecent Exposure, Eluding a Peace Officer, No Insurance Verification and Driving While having a Suspended License.
Two witnesses are credited with alerting Miami Dispatch of seeing and reporting Irelan standing on East Highway 60 east of Wyandotte by a gray Mitsubishi SUV around 5 p.m. fully nude with his penis exposed.
Wyandotte Nation's Chief of Police Kendal Murphy, Officer Mike Smith, and Officer Richard Teeter searched for the suspect and spotted the described vehicle westbound on Highway 60, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in Ottawa County District Court.
Murphy turned to follow the vehicle and activated his emergency lights and siren and overtook Irelan's vehicle near Main Street in Wyandotte while still westbound on Highway 60. Irelan failed to yield to the police chief's attempt to stop him.
Murphy and Smith continued to pursue Irelan westbound on Highway 60 at speeds of 60 in a 45 zone and 65 to 70 in the 55 and 65 zones while alerting dispatch of his direction of travel.
Fairland Police Department Officer Tyler Johnson joined in to assist and deployed tire deflation devices in Fairland on Highway 60. Johnson successfully deployed the stop sticks, but Irelan was able to continue and turned south on Main Street in Fairland.
Both of the vehicle's front tires flattened quickly after rolling over the sticks, and Irelan veered left and came to a stop at the south corner of the Fairland City Park on Cherokee Street.
Murphy ordered Irelan out of the car at gunpoint, and he was handcuffed by Smith without incident.
“I was right behind him, and he pulled up and stopped,” Murphy said. “He was very cooperative.”
Murphy asked Irelan why he was running from law enforcement and he told police, “probably because I was masturbating at the side of the road.”
Irelan admitted to law enforcement he had been nude and told police, “my psychiatrist told me to,” and he was just following his psychiatrist's orders and was under hypnosis.
Irelan did not have a driver's license in his possession, and he was unable to locate proof of insurance. Murphy said Irelan's license has been revoked in Missouri for quite some time for lengthy alcohol-related driving charges.
Irelan was arrested and transported to the Ottawa County Jail.
“It's an unfortunate incident, and it will be up to the court to determine his psychological stability and needs and go from there,” Murphy said.
Chief Murphy said he appreciated the assistance and thanked all involved in the apprehension of the suspect including the witnesses, the Wyandotte Nation officers, Fairland Police, Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and GRDA Police Chief Brian Edwards who all joined in the vehicle pursuit.
“It all worked out great. We happened to have three officers on at that time, which is fortunate,” he said. “I appreciate the response by Fairland PD and Officer Johnson.”
Murphy encourages anyone who is witness to suspect behavior to call law enforcement.
“It's like the federal catch phrase that has been adopted you know, 'If you see something, say something.' If it looks out of place, call us. We would much rather come and check on something that turns out to be nothing, than not get a call at all,” Murphy said.