Suspect crashes reported stolen vehicle after chase

Special to The Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 23, 2019 6:20 pm Updated: Jul. 23, 2019 6:25 pm

MARION COUNTY, Mo. -- Missouri law officers joined in a car chase that began in Quincy, Ill., on Monday evening and ended on U.S. 61 at South River in Marion County, when a reported vehicle stolen in Illinois crashed.

The Marion County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol joined the chase about 7 p.m. at West Quincy, Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said.

"The state patrol attempted a traffic stop at West Quincy," Shinn said. He said the unidentified driver fled and the sheriff's department joined the chase, which ended when the vehicle crashed at South River. No other vehicle was involved.

The driver fled into a cornfield, Shinn said, adding that the patrol searched the area and brought in an aircraft, "but we were unable to locate him." The search continued until 11 p.m.

The suspect remained free late Tuesday morning.

An unidentified passenger in the suspect's car was arrested at the scene of the crash and taken to the Marion County Jail. He was later released by the patrol.