Callaway County Sheriff's Office arrested a Columbia man Monday after a traffic stop resulted in a car chase that ended near Hallsville.
A CCSO deputy stopped a vehicle at 10 a.m. Monday in the 2000 block of County Road 269 near Stephens, in connection with a suspicious activity investigation. As the deputy approached, the driver — identified as Zachary Poland, 24, of Columbia — fled the scene in the vehicle, the sheriff's department reported.
Deputies pursued Poland northbound of Stephens on County Road 269. Poland slowed near County Road 274. A passenger exited the vehicle on foot and was taken into custody there by deputies.
Minutes later, a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper spotted Poland near the intersection of Routes E and M, near Hatton. As the trooper attempted to stop Poland, he fled southbound on Route M and ultimately traveled eastbound on County Road 240 and then southbound on Route FF.
As Poland was nearing the Old Highway 40 intersection near Kingdom City, the trooper discontinued pursuit. Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism was travelling eastbound on Old Highway 40, approaching Route FF at the time.
As Chism approached, Poland began driving westbound in the eastbound lane as if to collide with him head-on, the sheriff's office said. As Poland neared, Chism took evasive action and drove off the roadway so Poland could pass, and the vehicle pursuit resumed.
Poland entered westbound I-70 at the Route M/HH interchange. Near mile marker 140, another state trooper was positioned roadside to deploy tire deflation devices.
Poland drove onto the shoulder toward the trooper and his patrol vehicle but then swerved back onto the driving lane of I-70. Poland exited at the Route J/DD interchange and fled northbound on County Road 269.
Poland ultimately traveled onto County Road 286 and then into Boone County on Maupin Road, Route Z, Route HH, Kircher Road and Mount Hope Road.
Travelling eastbound on Mount Hope Road, Poland was approaching numerous state troopers who were parked and awaiting his arrival. He pulled off the roadway, exited his vehicle and surrendered.
Officers determined Poland was a fugitive wanted in Saline and Boone counties on numerous charges, including burglary. He was transported to the Callaway County jail, where he is being held without bond for the fugitive warrants and felony charges in Callaway County, including resisting arrest.