On July 1 around 3 a.m., a Vandalia officer observed a vehicle in the area of West Highway 54 that failed to drive on the right half of the roadway. The vehicle then turned onto Main St. and continued to drive in a careless manor, failing to maintain the right side of the roadway. The vehicle continued to Highway W where the officer initiated a traffic stop utilizing lights and sirens. The vehicle increased its speed and failed to yield. The vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour while swerving from lane to lane. The officer observed the vehicle fail to navigate a turn in the road and enter a grassy area, a ditch, go through a fence, and enter a corn field. The vehicle continued through the field before hitting another fence and coming to a stop. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver’s door was open and the driver’s seat was empty. A passenger was observed in the front passenger seat and reported the driver ran into the corn field. The passenger was identified and gave information on the driver’s identity. The passenger refused medical attention. The driver was not located. The incident is under investigation with formal charges pending of fail to yield, kidnapping, assault 3rd degree, speeding, fail to keep right half of roadway, property damage, and leaving the scene of an accident. A warrant application was submitted to the Audrain County Prosecutors Office.
The suspect’s name was not released as of press time.