Two arrested on suspicion of stealing after car chase

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | 5:15 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA —  Two men were arrested after a truck carrying stolen lumber led police on a chase Wednesday night.

Jeffrey Skaggs, 29, and David McKenzie, 50, were arrested at 8:08 p.m.

Skaggs was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, stealing and for resisting arrest, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said. His  bail was set at $5,500.

Police also recovered a pipe used for crack cocaine, Stroer said, and McKenzie was arrested for use or possession of drug paraphernalia and on suspicion of stealing. His bail was set at $5,000.

Both posted bail and have been released.

Before the arrests, a truck with its lights off was sitting in a field in the area of 3100 Grindstone Parkway, Stroer said. When the police went into the field to check on the vehicle, a man drove away through the field and pulled out onto Grindstone Parkway. 

Police chased the car to a dead end at Elk Park Drive, Stroer said. The truck crashed into evergreen trees and the driver tried to flee the vehicle, but the tree limbs prevented him from opening the car door.

Police found lumber in the truck that had been stolen from a construction site near 3100 Grindstone Parkway, Stroer said.



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