JCPD searching for suspect they say led them on a chase, hit deer
JEFFERSON CITY- Jefferson City Police were searching for a suspect Tuesday after they said a driver fled the scene of a traffic stop.
Police pursued a vehicle at "significant speeds" after the driver ignored the officer's emergency lights for a traffic violation near the intersection of Hutton Lane and Louis Circle.
"Our officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle on the east side of town near Hutton Lane and Expressview," said Capt. Doug Shoemaker. "The vehicle failed to yield for what was originally just a traffic stop for a routine traffic violation and sped off up Hutton Lane towards Expressview."
The vehicle drove to Expressview and Highway 50 eastbound in the wrong lane of traffic. The driver struck a deer and lost control of the vehicle.
Shoemaker said the driver "bailed out of the vehicle" and "ran from police, leaving two passengers inside."
Those two people were transported to a hospital for minor injuries.
The driver faces charges of careless and imprudent driving, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and other traffic related charges.