by Alan McArthur
Two Platte County Sheriff's Department vehicles were damaged on Sunday evening after a car stop turned into a pursuit.
The suspect vehicle, a 2007 silver Ford F-150 with Nebraska personalized plates inscripted STRIKE3, was still at large as of Monday evening.
According to Frank Hunter, captain with the Platte County Sheriff's Department, the incident started at about 6:15 p.m. when a deputy spotted the vehicle make an illegal turn on Running Horse Road and then fail to make a complete stop at an intersection.
The deputy initiated a stop on the southbound ramp to Interstate 29 from Hwy. 92 in Platte City. As the deputy was approaching the truck, the driver backed the truck into the patrol car and then sped off to Interstate 29 and then to southbound I-435.
Hunter said the deputy checked the hood to make sure it would not fly up and then attempted to pursue, but could not. Another deputy then picked up the chase on I-435 near 120th Street.
The suspect’s truck then exited at 120th Street and began traveling westbound on 120th toward N Highway. When the deputy got behind the vehicle as they were going down a hill, the suspect “jammed” the brakes and the deputy’s car rear ended the truck, causing significant damage.
According to Hunter, the suspect then turned south on N Highway and was last seen by a resident traveling at a high rate of speed.
The truck caused significant damage to both of the deputies' vehicles. According to Hunter, one vehicle had to be towed from the scene and the other will also require significant work.
No deputies were injured in the incidents. The suspect is currently at large.
Hunter said the truck was reported stolen from Lancaster County, Neb.
Anyone with information about the driver or truck is asked to call the Platte County Sheriff's Department at 816-858-2424 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.