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High-speed police chase ends with wreck, two arrests in Gospel Ridge
GOSPEL RIDGE, Mo. (Feb. 13, 2010) — A high-speed police chase through three counties ended with the arrest of a driver and passenger late Friday night in the Gospel Ridge neighborhood northeast of Saint Robert after the driver left Interstate 44 at Exit 163.

Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King said the names of the two people arrested haven’t yet been released pending filing of charges in Phelps and Maries County and the results of an investigation by the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group. It’s not yet clear whether the male driver and female passenger will face Pulaski County charges.

“It was a Maries County case; it just ended in Pulaski County,” King said. “Maries County tried to stop them is my understanding; they then went through Maries and Phelps counties and they tried to stop them, but they were stopped here in this county.”

The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 90 mph and ended with nearly a dozen patrol cars from four different agencies as well as the Pulaski County Ambulance District filling up the Highland Lane and Hardin Lane areas and blocking so much traffic that Rothmund’s Towing said their tow truck driver couldn’t reach the scene “due to the fact there’s so many emergency vehicles there.”

According to sheriff’s records, the green Dodge pickup truck involved in the police chase entered Pulaski County about 11:30 p.m., at which point Pulaski County deputies waited near mile marker 165 to stop the pickup with “stop sticks,” which piece vehicle tires. The deputy successfully pierced tires at 11:31 p.m. causing the vehicle to lose its tires, and St. Robert police succeeded in using stop sticks again at 11:35 p.m.

Rather than stopping when he lost his tires, the driver got off the interstate, turning on Harlan, Hardin and Highland lanes before fleeing the vehicle, beginning a brief foot chase, and being arrested at 11:40 p.m.

The driver and the deputy suffered minor injuries in the chase and the pickup and the patrol car both sustained minor damage.

“We had some vehicle damage because the spare tire came out of the back and hit one of our patrol cars, one of our Crown Vics,” said Capt. Bill Anderson. “We did have the male victim and one of the deputies who suffered some minor lacerations as they were running through the woods and crossed a barbed wire fence.”

Neither person required ambulance transport although medics were called to the scene. The patrol car is drivable, Anderson said, but won’t be driven until damage to the front grille is repaired and one broken headlight is replaced.

Earlier in the evening, deputies had another unrelated foot pursuit involving drugs, but Anderson said there was no connection between the two incidents.

The earlier pursuit followed a domestic dispute reported at 6:01 p.m. between a mother and her son near Secrest Western Store. Deputies hunted for the son following tracks in the snow leading through the woods but eventually located a male juvenile. A search of the residence involved found none of the marijuana that had been reported, and deputies left the area about an hour later.

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