Car Thief Leads Police on Chase; Caught by K9 After Abandoning Vehicle

One man is under arrest after a high-speed chase through the streets of Springfield.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Brian Jones, who they termed a “notorious crime suspect,” lead police on a chase through the city where speeds topped out at 65 m.p.h. in residential areas.

Deputies had been looking for Jones, who had been released on parole for a burglary conviction, when he was spotted around 8 p.m.. Jones then stole a car and took off, leading to the pursuit.

The chase lasted about 15 minutes and included Jones bouncing the car off a telephone pole on Sunday before the front tires of the car blew out, leading to Jones abandoning the vehicle in a parking lot near Scenic and College.

Jones fled but was quickly caught by a K9 deputy.

Jones has been booked into the Greene County Jail for a probation violation, tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest by fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, and first degree property damage. Formal charges are expected on Thursday.

Law enforcement officials called Jones a “known car thief” and said that in 2013 he was charged with 17 felony counts in a single month.

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