Two people have been taken into custody in connection with a high speed pursuit through Greene County, Springfield and Strafford.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office says that deputies on Saturday evening observed a vehicle “driving at high speeds in a careless manner.” Deputies tried to get the driver to stop but were unable to keep the driver from fleeing the scene.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter tracked the suspect’s vehicle as it proceeded toward Strafford and Greene County deputies backed off pursuit. Once in Strafford, the vehicle stopped near a Strafford police officer. When deputies approached the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect accelerated toward a Sheriff’s patrol car which was forced off the road.
A Strafford officer opened fire on the vehicle and confirmed striking it.
The vehicle then fled back toward Springfield where Deputies used spike strips to deflate the truck’s tires. The truck continued toward Springfield even after the tire deflation at around 15 m.p.h., crashing into a pole on Packer Road.
The driver then fled to a nearby business and stole a Coca-Cola semi truck and rammed into two other Coca-Cola vehicles before the driver was subdued by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Springfield Police Department, and Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
A second individual in the stolen vehicle was also taken into custody.
“This was an excellent, cooperative effort between several agencies that resulted in the removal of another impaired driver from the streets of Greene County,” Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott said in a statement.