Savannah man facing charges after high-speed chase reached 130 mph

A Savannah, Mo. resident reporting his vehicle stolen is facing a felony fleeing charge in Platte County.

Evan D. Woodruff, 29, reported a Chevrolet Camaro was stolen on Jan. 8 and he came to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 12.

 Evan Woodruff

Evan Woodruff

As soon as he showed up in Platte City a deputy recognized him from a pursuit that occurred on Jan. 5 that started in the southern portion of the county.

Woodruff denied he was the driver in the vehicle and stated his vehicle was stolen on Jan. 2, but a felony fleeing charge was filed on Feb. 23. He had a $10,000 cash only bond with the condition that he couldn’t drive unless properly licensed and insured.

At the time of his arrest, Woodruff had outstanding warrants in Buchanan and Andrew counties.

According to court documents, Woodruff drove in excess of 130 miles per hour on Interstate 29 trying to avoid a traffic stop on Jan. 5.

Woodruff was clocked going 113 mph in a 65 zone on Interstate 29, south of Highway 152. When a stop was attempted he fled and speeds reached more than 120 mph on I-29 and 130 mph on Interstate 435.

The pursuit went into the eastbound lanes of Missouri 92 where Woodruff allegedly passed cars in the oncoming lanes of traffic and drove more than 90 mph. Due to safety issues the pursuit was terminated.

Later that evening, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper located the vehicle at 7815 NW Roanridge in Platte County and it matched the description of the Camaro in the pursuit. It was towed on a police hold.

The courts entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Woodruff on March 6.