Stolen Semi Catches Fire During 100-Mile High Speed Police Chase
Kansas City, Missouri – A man in a stolen semi led Missouri Highway Patrol on a more than 100 mile chase reaching speeds of over 70 miles-per-hour last Saturday night, according to officials.
Investigators say a man was shot at outside his mobile home by the suspect before the suspect jumped into a semi-truck that had been reported stolen and drove away. After the victim reported the shooting incident to authorities, a chase ensued that officials say began in Kansas City and ended in Booneville. Booneville is about 100 miles east of Kansas City.
Dispatchers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop A heard Kansas City Police Department radio traffic about the pursuit a little before 9 p.m. Saturday and troopers joined the chase soon after, the patrol said in a news release. A patrol helicopter eventually joined the pursuit to provide eyes from the air. The deadheading stolen semi eventually caught fire after police deployed stop sticks numerous times and the suspect was forced to drive on the rims along Interstate 70.
The chase ended after the suspect abandoned the truck on foot and ran into a barbed wire fence along the interstate near Booneville. In a release, police say troopers found a bag of methamphetamine inside the truck which is believed to have belonged to the suspect.
The suspect remains in police custody after he was transported back to Kansas City. The identity of the suspect has not yet been released, but police did release images from the scene taken from the patrol helicopter.
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