Pursuit on I-49

Pursuit on I-49

Cass Co – Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the Harrisonville Missouri Police Department today around 10:25 a.m. with locating a suspect in a white SUV that had just shoplifted from Sutherlands in Harrisonville, MO.

Deputies located a white GMC Terrain that matched the description of the suspect vehicle on MO 7 Hwy getting onto northbound I-49 in Harrisonville, MO. Deputies attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, but the driver failed to stop.

Deputies pursued the suspect vehicle up I-49 at a high rate of speed. The Peculiar Police Department attempted to place a tire deflation device on I-49, but the suspect vehicle exited off the interstate at State Route J.

The suspect vehicle went north on State Route J and attempted to turn south on the S.E. Outer Road. The suspect vehicle struck a stopped patrol car with the Peculiar Police Department and continued southbound on the S.E. Outer Road. Deputies continued to pursue the suspect vehicle south on the S.E. Outer Road where the vehicle went off road and got stuck in the snow.

The driver fled the scene on foot and ran south across both lanes of I-49. A citizen driving by observe the suspect fleeing from law enforcement. The citizen stopped his vehicle and gave chase on foot of the suspect. The suspect stopped and surrendered to the citizen. Deputies took the driver into custody. A passenger was taken into custody in the vehicle.

“Pursuits are very dangerous. That is why I was at the Capitol in Jefferson City this week testifying on House Bill 1620 to increase the penalty for fleeing in a motor vehicle from a Misdemeanor to a Felony. We are thankful that the Peculiar Officer’s injuries were not life threatening and we hope for a speedy recovery,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

The driver and passenger are currently being held at the Cass County Jail pending charges. The officer with the Peculiar Police Department was transported to an area hospital for treatment.