Aggravated Assault / Pursuit Ends in Crash
At around 8:15 PM this evening, an Independence police officer was on routine patrol along US 40 Highway and pulled into the parking lot of a motel in the 9800 block of E. US 40 Highway. As he pulled in, he observed a gray Ford Escape quickly accelerate from a parked position and strike two people who were standing in the parking lot.
The Ford Escape, which was later determined to be a stolen vehicle, then fled from the officer. A vehicle pursuit, for the aggravated assault, ensued from that location and continued into Kansas City, Missouri, ending on Blue Parkway at Bellaire Avenue when the Ford Escape struck an uninvolved pickup truck with three occupants. The driver of the Ford Escape and a passenger were both injured and transported to area hospitals. The three occupants of the pickup truck were also injured and transported to area hospitals.
Additional information, such as suspect identification and criminal charges will be released when it becomes available.