A man who had been fleeing police this morning crashed his car into a utility pole Truman Road and Delaware Avenue in Independence, shearing the pole across the street from the Truman Home and causing a power outage that covered a few blocks.
The outage, among other places, affected the Truman Home, the Truman Memorial Building and the Palmer Center, which could not serve lunch to senior citizens.
Police captured two people, one man and one woman, less than two blocks away on Maple Avenue. They had run from the site of the crash. The man had outstanding warrants, and it is unknown if the woman will be charged, police said.
The brief chase started at Truman and Noland roads following an attempted traffic stop, police said, and the pursuing officer stopped just a couple blocks west at Liberty Street due to traffic. The suspect vehicle continued to speed west on Truman before hitting another car and then the utility pole and wall.
No person was injured in the second car, police said, and Independence Power & Light crews had to remove the bottom portion of the sheared pole before completely replacing the pole and restoring power.