Dive Team Searching for Car and Driver in James River

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by Karen Libby Ozarks First Springfield

 

NIXA, Mo. — A dive team from the Missouri Highway Patrol will be in the James River Thursday, searching for a car that crashed into the river during a police pursuit Wednesday night.

Wednesday evening a deputy in Christian County attempted to pull a car over that was speeding. The deputy suspected the car was also stolen and the driver was intoxicated.

Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole says during the chase, the car left the roadway on Highway 14 near the Delaware Town access to the James River and landed in the river.

The car is believed to be in about 30 feet of water.

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CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo.– A car crashed into the James River just west of Nixa, Mo. after a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, according to Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole.

Wednesday evening a deputy in Christian County attempted to pull a car over that was speeding. The deputy suspected the car was also stolen and the driver was intoxicated.

During the chase, the car left the roadway on Highway 14 near the Delaware Town access to the James River and landed in the river, according to Sheriff Cole.

No one was transported to the hospital following the crash. Authorities are waiting for a dive team from the Missouri State Highway Patrol to locate the vehicle in the estimated 30 feet depth of the river.

Authorities are interviewing witnesses and continuing to investigate the incident.