A Columbia man was arrested in a Boone County soybean field Friday morning after he led Hallsville police on a 20-mile chase down county roads.
Cory Lee Hodler, 25, was driving northbound on Route B at about 9:50 a.m. when Hallsville police Officer Caleb Moore saw him make an unsafe pass around a road crew that was cutting grass. When Moore and a nearby Boone County Sheriff’s deputy turned on their lights and sirens, Hodler fled down Route OO.
Moore said speeds in the chase, which went on for about 20 minutes, were around 60 mph.
Officers laid down spike strips twice during the chase, Moore said. By the time it was over, Hodler’s two front tires were flat.
Holder was arrested on suspicion of first-degree property damage, resisting arrest, failure to obey a traffic device and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. He was being held in Boone County Jail on Saturday afternoon in lieu of $5,000 bond.
Moore said he did not know why Hodler ran from police, but noted that he was on probation. According to Boone County Circuit Court records, Holder was given supervised probation after pleading guilty to forgery and possession of a controlled substance.