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High speed chase ends without capture

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

A high speed traffic pursuit that began in Platte County crossed county lines and ended with the suspect getting away in Clay County.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, a patrol deputy with the Platte County Sheriff's Office observed a motorist make a traffic violation in the southbound lanes of Interstate 29 near exit 8, which is the Barry Road exit.

When the officer signaled the driver to pull to the side of the road, the suspect, who drove a 1998 Ford Taurus, failed to acknowledge the officer's request.
The driver accelerated his vehicle and continued heading south along Interstate 29, said Sgt. Jerin Almond, public information officer with the Platte County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy pursued the suspect as he crossed into Clay County and headed north along Interstate 169. During the pursuit, Sgt. Almond said the suspect reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

The high speed car chase came to an end at 68th Street in Gladstone. In the 6900 block of Broadway, the suspect sprang from his vehicle and refused to comply with the officer's orders.

The suspect ran through a nearby apartment complex and proceeded to flee into a wooded area. The officer was not able to catch up with the suspect.

The Gladstone Police Department and the Riverside K-9 unit assisted in the ground search through the woods. The unidentified suspect was not apprehended, said Sgt. Almond.

According to the Platte County Sheriff's Department, several factors are considered by law enforcement before they pursue a suspect in a high speed chase. The type of traffic violation the driver committed and the potential danger to the public are among the circumstances heavily considered.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20's. He was wearing blue gym shorts and no shirt. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Platte County Sheriff's Office.