Authorities from several agencies were involved in a pursuit Saturday, Jan. 16.

A Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy was dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. July 16 regarding a possible burglary at a Ware Road residence at Licking.

The officer met other officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol at the location, and while investigating the home and the property, he heard a loud sound and saw a white Ford sedan speed away from the scene.

The deputy pursued, and reported that the car was traveling at speeds of around 80 miles per hour. It crossed U.S. 63 on Shafer Drive without stopping, and then continued onto Main Street, Old Ridge Road, Kimble Road, and then an unidentified dirt road, still at high speed. A Licking officer joined the pursuit at Old Ridge Road, and troopers positioned their cars to try to cut off the fleeing car before it could reach Highway C, even deploying a spike strip across Iron Mine Road.

The officer stated that before the getaway car reached the spike strip, it drove over a lawn and into the woods behind a house. It finally stopped after crashing into a tree, and a man and woman who were inside fled on foot into the woods.

Assisted by a highway patrol K-9 unit, officers conducted a search of the area, but the suspects were not found. Evidence found in the car (including a wallet containing a driver’s license), and interviews with the car’s owner and other persons of interest led to identification of the suspects: a 23-year-old Licking man and a 21-year old Raymondville woman. The man was later questioned and reportedly provided a full confession.

A report was sent to the county prosecutor seeking charges against the man and woman of resisting arrest by fleeing – creating a substantial risk to persons, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, first-degree trespassing and assault on a law officer.

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