Highway Chase Injures Two
The Boone County Sheriff's Department said the chase started when a deputy tried to pull over a driver near Ashland. It ended near the AC exit in Columbia, where the car drove off and back on the highway while trying to escape. The department said a deputy was laying tack strips to stop the car when the driver rammed the deputy's car, injuring him and the deputy.
A witness, Brett Asbury, said, "Suddenly on my right, a little four-door sedan, probably an older model Oldsmobile or something, came about two inches from wiping out my van. And a couple other cars along there. Then, he went down the grass, and I saw him smash into the back of this squad car."
The driver and deputy were taken to Columbia's University Hospital. The sheriff's department said the deputy was released and the driver did not have life-threatening injuries.
Columbia police are helping with the investigation. The sheriff's department said it doesn't know why the driver tried to escape.