A Kansas City, Kansas man who fled from Independence Police early Sunday with a child inside after a hit-and-run crash faces multiple felony charges after he was arrested in Fairway, Kansas.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Rozelle Jones, 35, with resisting arrest, DWI with a person under 17 in the vehicle and child endangerment.
According to court documents, the chase started about 12:15 a.m. Sunday from Noland Road just north of Interstate 70. An Independence police officer tried to pull Jones over on a traffic stop but quickly stopped due to heavy traffic, then saw Jones, driving a 2008 Dodge Charger, run a red light and collide with a car northbound on Noland before speeding away south.
The chase went west on Interstate 70 and reached speeds above 100 miles per hour, even after police hit Jones’ front tires with stop sticks. It slowed to less than 50 mph in downtown Kansas City, then went south on Interstate 35 into Kansas and exited onto Mission Road. After 12:30 a.m., Jones couldn’t keep the car on the road, crashed in a front yard near 53rd Street and Mission Road and ran. Officers from several agencies, including K-9 officers and the Kansas City Police helicopter, helped search for Jones before they found him in a driveway near the Dodge Charger. He had a handgun in his pocket.
In addition to the child, who was not injured and was released at the scene to his mother, officers found a gun in the car.
According to court documents, officers also smelled alcohol on Jones while arresting him and noticed signs of impairment when they did a field sobriety test. Jones later registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 when he gave a breath sample. He had a previous DWI conviction in 2015 and did not have the ignition interlock required by his driver’s license.
Jones’ bond has been set at $50,000.