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Pursuit ends after spike strips used, driver flees on foot

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VERNON COUNTY, MISSOURI -

A vehicle pursuit came to an end late Tuesday night when deputies used spike strips to stop a car that failed to yield after a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on 54 Hwy just east of Deerfield, Mo. According to Sheriff’s Office officials, additional deputies were called out to assist in the pursuit as the vehicle continued to flee. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said the deputy recognized the driver as a person involved in a drug investigation and also had knowledge the driver was revoked. “We had good reason to believe there would be illegal drugs in the vehicle from an ongoing drug investigation.” The Sheriff said deputies did an excellent job at monitoring traffic conditions and speeds during the pursuit.

According to officials, the vehicle continued for a short distance after the spike strips deflated at least one front tire before the vehicle lost control and wrecked in a ditch. Mosher said the driver then ran on foot for a short distance before being taken into custody by a deputy. “The driver sustained minor scrapes and cuts but was healthy enough to go to jail” said Mosher. The Sheriff also said they recovered suspected methamphetamines along with drug paraphernalia at the scene.

The female driver has not been identified pending the filing of formal charges, but the Sheriff said he anticipates warrants will be issued Wednesday afternoon.

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