Officers arrested a man in a vehicle suspected to be stolen Wednesday morning after police tracked him for more than an hour using a GPS tagging device deployed in Independence.
According to police, at 8:12 a.m., Wednesday, officers responded to a “medical suspicious” call of a man slumped over the wheel of a white van at Evanston Avenue and Wilson Road in northwest Independence. As police and fire personnel neared the scene, the driver began to leave. An officer attempted to pull over the van, but the man continued to drive away. The officer deployed a StarChase device, a GPS device that is shot from the front of a vehicle by compressed air and adheres to the rear of another vehicle, allowing police to track a vehicle without chasing it.
The driver in the van, which had been reported stolen in a burglary in Raytown, traveled through several metro cities before he was arrested after a brief foot chase shortly after 10 a.m. near Missouri 210 and Birmingham Road in Clay County, near where Interstate 435 crosses the Missouri River. The van had left the road near a set of train tracks.
Independence Police said Clay County Sheriff’s deputies made the arrest, with assistance from Kansas City Police, and charges are pending.
Another police chase early Tuesday morning involving Independence Police ended with the suspect vehicle ramming an IPD patrol car after the chase went into Kansas City.
According to Kansas City Police, they received information at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday of an IPD chase of a traffic violator that entered Kansas City. It ended near 17th Street and Oakland Avenue, where a stopped train prevented the suspect truck from continuing on the road. The suspect then tried to drive off-road and became stuck in the mud, allowing an IPD officer to pull in behind to conduct a felony car check.
At that point, the driver backed the truck into the IPD car several times. He was later arrested by IPD. No officers were injured.
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