Galena Teen Injured in Taney County Accident while Evading Police

by: Scott McCaulley

A teenager from Galena is injured in a one vehicle accident in Taney County early Thursday morning while fleeing from Law Enforcement Officers.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred just before 4:30 on Highway 176 a mile east of Rockaway Beach when a Jeep driven by 17-year-old Misty Atchley ran off the right side of the road and overturned. Atchely, who was not wearing a seat belt according to the accident report, was ejected from the vehicle.

Atchley was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield for treatment of her serious injuries.

Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell tells KY3.com that the SUV had been stolen from an apartment complex. Russell says it was reported that the thief tried to hit the owner with the vehicle.

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