A man was seriously injured early Wednesday after his vehicle collided with a Jackson County Sheriff deputy's vehicle in Raytown as the deputy followed a suspect who had fled from an attempted stop just outside of northwest Independence.
The crash happened about 1:35 a.m. on Missouri 350 near Maple Drive, after deputies had turned off their emergency lights and sirens and were monitoring a suspect vehicle, a tan Buick, via GPS tracker, the Sheriff's Office said in a release. The deputy crashed with a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice driven by a 29-year-old Raytown man.
That driver was not wearing his seat belt, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s report, and he was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The 33-year-old deputy involved in the crash was hospitalized with minor injuries.
The suspect’s vehicle was found abandoned in Independence, in the area of Interstate 70, U.S. 40 and Sterling Avenue. The suspect was captured by sheriff's deputies later Wednesday morning.
The entire incident started about 1:30 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Office, when a deputy tried to stop the Buick for a traffic violation near Blue Ridge Boulevard and Stark Avenue, just north of the Stone Arch Bridge over Truman Road. The Buick driver refused to stop, and the deputy started to chase it.
On southbound Interstate 435 near I-70, another deputy shot a GPS tracking device onto the Buick, and deputies ceased chasing the vehicle and just followed it on eastbound M-350 until the crash.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.