A suspect is still not in custody after they led officers on a high speed chase that started in Auxvasse late Saturday evening and ended in Curryville when the suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into a corn field.
According to a description provided by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, an unidentified black male with a red sweatshirt and some facial hair was evading police while driving a 2015 Chevy Malibu registered out of Columbia, Mo.
Reportedly, the driver and front seat passenger got out of the vehicle and the back seat passenger got behind the wheel in Auxvasse before heading east on Highway 54.
The vehicle did not stop and authorities followed the vehicle from Auxvasse into Audrain County.
When the vehicle reached the city limits of Vandalia around 10:35 p.m., the Vandalia Police Department blocked off the intersections of Highway 54 and Route P as well as Highway 54 and Main St. to minimize the risk to citizens in the area.
Vandalia Police Chief Christopher Hammann noted that the suspect reached a speed in excess of 90 m.p.h. as other law enforcement agencies were in hot pursuit going through town.
Just west of Pike 41 in Curryville, the Malibu struck the rear of another east bound vehicle, lost control, and came to a stop in a corn field approximately 75-feet south of the highway. The driver had fled on foot by the time officers got to the car.
The occupants of the car that was struck stated that they had no injuries. The crash report was completed by the Highway Patrol.
Additional agencies involved and assisting include Audrain County Sheriff, Ralls County Sheriff, Vandalia Police Department, Bowling Police Department, Bowling Green Fire Department, and a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a man on July 2 matching the description of the driver hitchhiking westbound on U.S. Highway 54 East of Curryville. Deputies detained the male subject for questioning. No charges have been filed as of this time.
If any one believes they know something about this suspect or if they see something suspicious in the area, they are encouraged to call the Pike County Sheriff’s Department at 324-3202.