COLUMBIA — Three men were arrested Friday following a high-speed car chase that started at the Boone County Fairgrounds and ended at the Callaway County border with a crash and a foot chase.
- Calvin Cortez Jones, 30, of Kansas City, Kan., was arrested on suspicion of first-degree tampering, felony resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license, careless and imprudent driving and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.
- Christian A. Moore, 25, and Willie Bradford, 21, both of Kansas City, Kan., were arrested on suspicion of second-degree tampering and resisting arrest.
The chase began outside the National Bikers Roundup after a license plate reader system used by deputies at the Boone County Fairgrounds determined the car was reported stolen in Pettis County, the Boone County Sheriff's Department said in a release.
The license plate reader is a camera attached to patrol cars that scans passing vehicles' license plates to look for stolen cars and outstanding warrants for a car's owner.
After authorities followed the car out of the Boone County Fairgrounds onto southbound U.S. 63, the car sped up, sometimes going as fast at 100 mph, the release said.
The car crashed into a ditch just south of the Callaway County line after Missouri Highway Patrol troopers laid down spikes on the road, leading to a foot chase, the release said.
Jones, suspected of driving the vehicle, was arrested shortly after the crash. Authorities said Moore and Bradford escaped into the woods and were later arrested after Missouri Highway Patrol troopers found them walking south on U.S. 63 later in the afternoon.
Bond for Jones was set at $9,790 and at $1,000 each for Moore and Bradford. The three were being held at the Boone County jail as of Saturday morning.