by Sam Clanton
HOLLISTER, Mo. – Two men are behind bars following a high speed pursuit this (Monday) morning that began near Walnut Shade and ended in Arkansas.
Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell says just before 7 a.m., a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on Highway 160 that matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen a few hours earlier by the Hollister Police Department.
When the deputy turned on his emergency lights, the vehicle slowed for a passenger to jump out, then headed south on U-S 65 at a high rate of speed.
The passenger, identified as a 27-year-old man from Merriam Woods, was arrested and taken to the Taney County Jail.
Deputies pursued the vehicle through Branson, Hollister and into Arkansas. Russell says officers with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Harrison Police Department and Arkansas State Police attempted to spike the vehicle near Harrison, but the driver missed the spikes.
He says Arkansas authorities continued the pursuit and were able to stop the vehicle south of Harrison.
The driver, a 31-year-old man from Hollister, was transported to the Boone County Detention Center.
Both men are awaiting the formal filing of charges.