Deputies search for man who fled after chase

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 2:08 p.m. CDT; updated 2:33 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA — A sheriff's deputy found several packages of marijuana in a vehicle after a short pursuit Monday evening.

As of Tuesday morning, deputies were still looking for the vehicle's driver. The 18-year-old Columbia resident ran from the vehicle, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release.

The incident took place at about 10 p.m. on the 2100 block of Prathersville Road, where deputies observed a vehicle operating in a careless and imprudent manner, according to the release. When a deputy tried to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to pull over. The deputy pursued the vehicle for a short chase to the intersection of Highway 763 and Smiley Lane.

At the intersection, the suspect, identified as Timothy S. Midgyett Jr., abandoned the vehicle and fled the area, according to the release. A passenger in the vehicle was detained for a short period of time and then released without arrest.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department is seeking information on Midgyett's whereabouts in order to arrest him on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, driving while suspended, and careless and imprudent driving.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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