Columbia man arrested after car chase

Monday, August 11, 2014 | 6:33 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Sunday following a brief car chase Saturday afternoon.

Just after 2 p.m. Saturday, a male driver was stopped by a Boone County Sheriff's Department deputy near the 1600 block of Olympic Boulevard, according to a sheriff's department news release. The deputy knew the identity of the driver and that the driver had an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest for failing to obey a judge's order.

According to the news release, the suspect initially stopped, but quickly changed his mind and drove off at high speed. The pursuit continued along Rice Road.

Eventually, the deputy had to call off the chase because of the suspect's dangerous driving in a residential area, Sheriff's Department Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

Near the intersection of Rice Road and Shamrock Drive, the driver drove through two reflective road markers and into an open field, according to the news release. The suspect abandoned the car in the field and made off on foot.

Joshua Harrington, 23, was arrested the following morning without incident at his home in the 100 block of Moonglow Lane, according to the news release. He is currently being held at the Boone County Jail on charges of felony resisting arrest, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, careless driving and the warrant for failure to obey a judge's order for a previous charge of second-degree property damage.

Harrington's total bond is set at $6,000, O'Sullivan said.

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.

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