Driver Fleeing Police Crashes into Bar

5 years 9 months 3 days ago Thursday, October 11 2012 Oct 11, 2012 Thursday, October 11, 2012 1:39:00 PM CDT October 11, 2012 in News
By: Morgan Stephens

COLUMBIA - Police said a fleeing driver crashed into the fence at the Thirsty Turtle bar around 3 a.m. Thursday while being pursued by a Columbia police officer.  Police said the suspect, Kyle Hargrett, then fled the scene on foot. 

The officer said he saw a white Buick run a stop sign at Tenth Street and Rogers Street.  The officer then attempted to pull over Hargett near Eigth Street, but Hargrett began to pull away at a high speed.

The officer continued to follow Hargrett without his emergency lights on.   He saw that Hargrett had collided with a brick wall at the Thirsty Turtle. 

Police arrested Hargrett near the Charles Barber Shop on Pannell Street.   CPD said Hargrett had a strong odor of intoxication and there were no other passengers in the vehicle. 

Hargrett is being charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating a vehicle on a highway without a valid license.

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