Tuesday's high-speed chase ends with arrest in Boone County

Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 4:56 p.m. CST; updated 9:45 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — A high-speed chase that began in Cooper County on Tuesday evening ended in Boone County when the driver hit a cable divider.

Sky Harry, 17, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession, driving under the influence of drugs and a parole violation, among other counts, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report. The chase ended at about 7:30 p.m.

The chase entered Boone County after a Highway Patrol trooper noticed a car on Interstate 70 that was reported stolen earlier in the day in Concordia, said Sgt. Paul Reinsch, spokesman for the Highway Patrol.

Officers from the Columbia Police Department were placed at several interchanges along the highway, Lt. Tim Moriarity said.

Moriarity also said the Police Department was not directly involved in the pursuit but did set up spike strips to stop the car.

Reinsch said Harry was driving at 120 mph and managed to avoid the spike strips but lost control of the car and crashed into the cable divider.

Moriarity said an officer detained Harry until the Highway Patrol could take over.

According to the arrest report, Harry was arrested on 21 counts including:

  • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
  • Receiving stolen property over $500.
  • Tampering with a motor vehicle.
  • Operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license.
  • Resisting arrest.
  • Careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident.

The chase caused collateral damage to a semi-tractor trailer and another car, Moriarity said. The truck was traveling on I-70 when it drove into the right-hand shoulder and hit the spike strips. This caused the spike strips to fly into the highway, at which point another car ran over them, Moriarity said.

Harry was being held at the Cooper County Sheriff's Office on Thursday afternoon.

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