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  • Early morning chase ends in crash, arrests

  • Two men were in custody Tuesday after leading Independence police on a chase during the morning traffic rush.

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  • Two men were in custody Tuesday after leading Independence police on a chase during the morning traffic rush.
    Police spokesman Tom Gentry said a resident in the 18600 block of East Fifth Street Terrace North started a vehicle to warm up in the driveway. While the 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass was unattended, at about 6:40 a.m., the two men stole it.
    The owner called police, and a short time later an officer spotted the car turning south onto Missouri 291 from Salisbury Road. He turned on his lights and siren and began following as the passenger tossed items out the car window.
    The pursuit continued south on M-291 to 23rd Street, where the driver turned east, then took a turn south on R.D. Mize Road to Gudgell and back west to M-291. He left M-291 again, turning east onto Hidden Valley Road. From there he began a twisting route through a residential subdivision off 31st Terrace, eventually picking up R.D. Mize again, heading east. He ran the red light at Little Blue Parkway and then tried to make a turn onto Eureka Road, but lost control and slid the car into the ditch on its side.
    Gentry said the passenger tried to run but was quickly caught by one officer, and another officer took the driver into custody.
    Neither man had been charged as of late Tuesday afternoon, but Gentry said both were white men, one age 34 and the other age 18.
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