A 100-mile chase across Missouri on Interstate 70 ended Saturday near Boonville with a stolen tractor-truck in flames and the discovery of a bag of suspected methamphetamine.
The driver, apprehended by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and turned over to the Kansas City Police Department early Sunday, had not been charged as of Wednesday, a spokesman for the police stated in an email.
The blue and silver tractor-truck was reported stolen approximately 8:41 p.m. Saturday to the department. According to a department report, two men were having an argument in the 2900 block of Lisa Lane in Kansas City when the suspect started waving a gun and threatening to shoot the other.
The suspect then got into the tractor-truck where a muzzle flash was seen and a gunshot heard. The tractor-truck was driven away by the suspect, according to the report, and entered I-70 at Manchester Trafficway. First the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, then the patrol, joined the chase with the patrol taking over when the truck entered Lafayette County.
Road spikes deployed by multiple agencies did not deter the driver, who was clocked driving 73 mph. The patrol’s Troop F coordinated the chase once the vehicle entered Cooper County, where the vehicle, tires destroyed and on fire, finally came to a stop at the 106.6-mile marker on the east side of Boonville.
A patrol helicopter participating in the pursuit followed the suspect as he fled on foot, leading officers to where he stopped after encountering a barbed-wire fence on the north side of the interstate.
A small bag of suspected methamphetamine was found on the suspect.