Police search for person who fled after car crash

4 weeks 4 hours 40 minutes ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:07:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
By: Emily Wolf, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA — Police chased a person through Columbia Wednesday night after they said the suspect failed to pull over for a police car and then crashed into a tree in front of Grant Elementary School. 

Public information officer Jeff Pitts said officers tried to stop a vehicle in the area of I-70 Drive and West Boulevard because the vehicle's license plate was obstructed. The vehicle didn't stop, so officers initiated a pursuit. After the vehicle crashed into the tree, Pitts said the driver fled the scene on foot. They have not been located at this time. 

Pitts said a passenger who was in the car at the time of the crash was injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Officers from the Columbia Police Department, MUPD, and troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol all assisted in the search for the man. An MSHP helicopter was searching an area around the Daniel Boone Regional Library. 

Police asked anyone with information to contact them at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

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