Car chase ends in two arrests

Pursuit of a stolen vehicle Wednesday night resulted in the arrest of two young Fulton men on multiple charges ranging from tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest to possession of a controlled substance.

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Mitchell E. Simmons

At 8:32 p.m. officers with the Fulton Police Department spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Jefferson County. According to a press release, the officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it drove off, prompting pursuit by two FPD patrol cars.

Police Chief Steve Myers said multiple agencies were involved in the pursuit, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol before spike strips were used to bring the vehicle to a stop outside Columbia city limits on State Route WW.

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Michael A. Miller

According to the press release, the driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old Mitchell E. Simmons II, is being charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest for a felony, resisting arrest by fleeing causing substantial risk to others, driving while suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance and “numerous traffic charges.” He was taken to the Callaway County Jail on $16,556 bond. Passenger Michael A. Miller, 19, is being charged with second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Callaway County Jail on $1,000 bond.

“Apparently the car belonged to one of the individuals’ father, who is from Jefferson County,” Myers said, explaining that “any charges for theft of the vehicle will come from there.”

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