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  • KC car chase winds through Independence

  • A man who led Kansas City police on a chase that wound through Independence is in custody.

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  • A man who led Kansas City police on a chase that wound through Independence is in custody.
    Police also uncovered a large stolen auto ring.
    The chase started about 8:30 a.m. after detectives and police offices were watching two vehicles, a Ford Contour and a Chevrolet Suburban, they believed to be stolen near Interstate 435 and 87th St. in Kansas City. The drivers of the two vehicles soon realized they were being followed, and officers began a pursuit of the two vehicles.
    The drivers soon split up. According to the Kansas City Police Department, officers lost the Ford, but continued following the Suburban. During the chase, the driver went briefly through a wooded area. The driver of the Suburban also turned the vehicle the wrong way and aimed it toward pedestrians and a detective on the sidewalk. A detective involved in the chase fired a single shot into the vehicle, but it failed to stop him.
    The street chase ended when the driver crashed the vehicle into a retaining wall around 9:10 a.m. at 36th St. and Blue Ridge Cut-Off. The driver left the Suburban and ran on foot, but he was later caught and apprehended by police officers.
    The driver of the Suburban, who has not been named yet, will face several charges including aggravated assault on the police officer and the pedestrians standing on the sidewalk. Officers are still searching for the driver of the Ford Contour.

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