Two Columbia men arrested after high-speed chase that ended in Callaway County

Friday, May 25, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:55 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Two Columbia men were arrested Wednesday night in Callaway County after they led Columbia police on a high-speed car chase that started in downtown Columbia, police said.

Vernon Deandre Jordan, 22, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and deceiving police, and Damien Hayward Dancy, the 17-year-old driver of the vehicle, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, said Columbia police Capt. Zim Schwartze. Police did not arrest the vehicle’s other passenger.

Schwartze said the pursuit began when a Columbia police officer attempted to stop a white Ford Explorer after seeing what Schwartze described as an “equipment violation” at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

After attempting to stop the vehicle, Schwartze said the officer called off the chase because of safety concerns. Minutes later, she said, a second officer tried to pull over the same vehicle. Several other Columbia police officers then joined the pursuit, Schwartze said, which led officers east on Interstate 70. Police called the chase off again near the Lake of the Woods exit.

Officers continued from that location at a lower speed without emergency lights and without losing sight of the Explorer, Schwartze said.

The chase reached speeds up to 100 mph, according to Columbia police radio transmissions, although Schwartze declined to say how fast the pursuit became.

Callaway County sheriff’s deputies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol re-initiated the chase at the 142 mile marker on I-70, Schwartze said. The Explorer turned onto U.S. 54 and finally stopped at about 10 p.m., after running over spike strips that Callaway County sheriff’s deputies had placed on the highway near Route HH, Schwartze said.

Police said Jordan got out of the vehicle and ran into the woods. Police were able to catch up to Jordan and arrested him, Schwartze said.

Dancy was released Thursday morning from the Boone County Jail after posting $4,500 bond. Jordan was also released after posting $1,000 bond.

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