Driver in stolen vehicle leads Boone County deputies on chase

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 1:34 p.m. CDT; updated 2:17 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 26, 2012

COLUMBIA — The pursuit of a stolen vehicle in east Columbia ended with the driver giving himself up to sheriff's deputies after a chase Wednesday night.

The chase began when a driver in a black Chevy Avalanche refused to stop for Boone County Sheriff’s deputies near the Interstate 70 and U.S. 63 connector, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Keith C. Brim, a Columbia resident, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree tampering, resisting arrest, first-degree property damage and driving with a suspended license, said Tom O’Sullivan, detective at the Boone County Sheriff's Department. 

Nobody was hurt during the chase, although it went through densely populated residential and commercial areas near Clark Lane and Hanover Boulevard, O’Sullivan said.

The SUV was pursued through yards near Hanover Boulevard and ultimately got stuck on large concrete steps, O’Sullivan said. The driver then fled into a residence on Hanover Boulevard, where he was arrested.

While O’Sullivan said he's not sure who stole the vehicle or when it was stolen, he did say the SUV was reported stolen near Hanover Boulevard by the Columbia Police Department.

The chase began when a license plate scanner alerted deputies the SUV was stolen, O’Sullivan said.

The suspect was transported to Boone County Jail.

His total bond was set at $39,800.

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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Richard Saunders July 26, 2012 | 2:30 p.m.

So, am I reading this correctly where I see that the deputies chased the SUV through peoples' yards?

If so, I'd say they were further adding to an already dangerous situation. Endangering the public is hardly a worthwhile price to pay in order to apprehend a criminal and recover a stolen vehicle.

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