Callaway County deputies and others arrested two individuals after a car chase from Jefferson City north resulted in flattened tires and a very slow pursuit.
Deputies were notified of the vehicle chase at 12:57 p.m. Wednesday by Jefferson City Police, Sheriff Clay Chism said. He said JCPD initiated the vehicle pursuit based on a felony stealing investigation reported at Kohl's department store (more than $500).
The Kohl's employee provided a vehicle description (a yellow four-door Jeep) and partial license plate number, Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said.
Responding officers located a vehicle matching the description in the 2400 block of Missouri Boulevard and attempted a traffic stop. The Jeep continued traveling east, not stopping for the police vehicle.
When the chase crossed the Missouri River Bridge on eastbound U.S. 54, police were still in pursuit, but they terminated the pursuit at Holts Summit after other law enforcement agencies were brought in to assist.
Callaway County Sheriff's Office deputies deployed tire deflation devices on the highway at Route BB and the suspect vehicle stopped there at 1:09 p.m. Deputies, assisted by the Holts Summit police and Missouri Highway Patrol troopers, approached the vehicle which again fled.
A secondary vehicle pursuit entailed north on the highway, then west on County Road 328. The vehicle ultimately turned north onto Silver Drive where law enforcement officers took the driver and another vehicle occupant into custody at 1:15 p.m.
Both suspects were transferred to the custody of the Jefferson City Police Department for local charges in Cole County. Names will be released after they are formally charged. Williams said pending charges include those for the original theft, multiple traffic violations and resisting arrest.
Callaway County deputies will submit reports to the Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney for traffic and drug-related charges, Chism said.