Jefferson City official cleared in hit-and-run

Sunday, February 28, 2010 | 4:05 p.m. CST; updated 4:20 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 28, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A top public official in Jefferson City has been cleared in a January hit-and-run accident.

However, the Jefferson City News Tribune reports that the police chief, mayor and city attorney aren't off the hook.

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson says they blocked a police officer's attempts to properly investigate the situation involving City Administrator Steve Rasmussen.

It all started when firefighters saw a man slumped in his car. An officer called to the scene noticed marks on Rasmussen's car and considered him a suspect in a nearby hit-and-run accident. But a recently released report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol found that paint samples of Rasmussen's car and the other car did not match.

Rasmussen says he suffers from a sleep disorder and was in no way intoxicated.


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