Three arrested after stolen car sparks high-speed chase

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | 5:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Boone County Sheriff's deputies chased a stolen car through Boone and Randolph counties early Wednesday morning. Three people were arrested after the car was stopped near Moberly, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

At around 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, sheriff's deputies received an alert from an automatic license plate reader that a Hertz rental car, which had been reported stolen Tuesday from Ottumwa, Iowa, was in the area east of the U.S. 63 and Interstate 70 connector, according to the news release.

A deputy found the vehicle traveling northbound on U.S. 63 near Vandiver Drive. A high-speed chase began when the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, and the driver accelerated to more than 100 mph. During the pursuit, someone in the car threw a loaded .22-caliber revolver out of the vehicle, Detective Tom O'Sullivan said. The revolver was later found near the highway.

The chase continued out of Boone County toward Moberly. Deputies requested assistance from the Moberly Police Department. Moberly police then set up spike strips on the fleeing car's path just south of Moberly city limits. The vehicle struck the strips and slowed before coming to a stop near the city limits innorthern Moberly, according to the release.

After the vehicle stopped, the driver and two passengers were arrested at the scene without further incident. Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Nichole Helm, 25, of Kirksville, on suspicion of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and careless and imprudent driving; Sabrina Salsberry, 26, of Novinger, on suspicion of second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle; and William Holcomb, 29, of Kirksville, on suspicion of second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the news release. Their bonds were set at $9,500, $500 and $5,000, respectively.

They were taken to Boone County Jail, where they were being held as of Wednesday morning.

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