COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department was involved in a high-speed chase Saturday afternoon in pursuit of two motorcyclists.
One motorcycle was badly damaged in a collision with a parked car, and the suspect fled on foot. The other motorcyclist evaded police during the chase.
Reader Brad Wilmot works as a dispatcher for the Truman Veterans Hospital and submitted a recording of the scanner traffic from the high-speed chase Saturday. Wilmot said he edited the audio for time but not for language. There is one incident of strong language in the recording.
Both motorcyclists were pulled over on the shoulder of U.S. 63 near the exit for Missouri 763 shortly after 1 p.m. A sheriff's deputy driving down the highway saw the motorcyclists and looped back around to see why they were stopped.
Before he could reach them, the motorcyclists saw the police vehicle and sped away, according to Boone County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mike Perkins.
The two motorcyclists went southbound down Missouri 763 to Range Line Street at around 100 miles per hour and eventually turned into the Vanderveen neighborhood on Rain Forest Parkway, Perkins said.
Once inside the neighborhood, the two motorcyclists split up. One motorcyclist got away, while the patrol car continued to pursue the other.
The motorcyclist still being pursued turned onto MaCaw Drive and lost control of his motorcycle, Perkins said. He collided with the back of a parked GMC pickup truck, which caused a small explosion, and both vehicles burst into flames.
After the crash, the motorcyclist escaped on foot and ran through backyards to avoid the police, Perkins said.
The Columbia Fire Department was called to the scene to put out the flames. Between the fire and the water used to put it out, the motorcycle and the pickup truck were damaged beyond repair, Perkins said.
Deputies could not get a good view of either motorcyclist, Perkins said. The biker who escaped was a male wearing a black T-shirt and riding a purple and yellow foreign-made motorcycle.
Neither motorcycle had a license plate. After the collision, deputies were able to locate the vehicle identification number on the crashed motorcycle and are checking to see if the motorcycle was stolen.
Neither suspect had been arrested in connection with the chase as of Saturday afternoon.