A Topeka, Kan. man allegedly led authorities on a pursuit that went the wrong way up Interstate 29 on the day after Christmas.
According to a probable cause statement, a Platte City Police Department officer tried to stop a silver Toyota Corolla at about 11:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26 for having a brake light out. The vehicle had Kansas plates.
The attempted stop occurred on Highway 92 at about 4th Street with the car traveling west.
Instead of pulling over, the driver took off at a high rate of speed over the Platte County Bridge and into Tracy, Mo., moving into the opposite lane of traffic to avoid officers. The car continued west before exiting north in the southbound lane of traffic.
The driver, later identified as 19-year-old Darrius Lindsay, narrowly avoided colliding head-on with two vehicles before pulling over at the 22.4-mile marker. He then fled the scene on foot, according to court documents.
Apprehended after a brief foot chase, Lindsay allegedly told police he ran because the car was stolen.
When questioned why he ran from police, Lindsay stated “Because the car was stolen,” according to court documents.
Lindsay allegedly admitted he stole the vehicle in Douglas County, Kan. two days before the pursuit. A check of Lindsay’s record revealed a felony charge in Kansas for probation violation and warrant for theft. A check of records also showed he did not have a valid license at the time of the chase.
According to court records, Lindsay faces one felony count each of tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting a lawful stop in connection with the chase.