One arrested after car chase in north Columbia

Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 6:25 p.m. CDT; updated 7:03 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2014

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man is in custody after he led Boone County Sheriff's Department officers on a car chase Wednesday night, the department said.

Keith Eugene Shields crashed into two cars, kept driving and then lost control of his vehicle before being arrested, Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Sheriff's Department said. He offered the following account of the episode:

Just before 8 p.m., Deputy Zak Rodgers saw a silver Nissan Altima run a stop sign at the intersection of Sylvan Lane and Quail Drive. The car was moving quickly, and Rodgers tried to pull the driver over.

The driver continued southbound on Sylvan Lane and turned west on Whitegate Drive. At Whitegate Drive and Paris Road, the vehicle ran another red light and hit two cars. It then continued west on Heriford Road.

At Heriford Road and Burlington Street, the driver lost control of the car. As Rodgers approached, two other men exited the car and fled toward Vandiver Drive. Police tried to track the men with a dog but were unsuccessful.

Shields, the driver, was arrested on suspicion of several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest and assault in the second degree.

Police are not searching for the two other men who fled the scene.

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof

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