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Subjects lead police on chase, crash into house

Two people are on the loose after speeding away from police Saturday.

A Holts Summit police officer tried pulling over a red 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer just after 9:00 p.m. for a minor traffic offense.

“At that time the only thing we had on the vehicle was a minor moving violation,” said Sergeant Marc Haycook. “I believe a 41 miles an hour in a posted 30 mile an hour speed zone.”

After briefly stopping, the vehicle sped away from the traffic stop.

The officer chased the vehicle, but stopped the pursuit because of heavy fog.

“You could not see but a few feet ahead of you,” Sgt. Haycook said. “So for safety reasons and because the vehicle shut off it’s lights, we were unable to continue the pursuit.”

While looking in the area for the SUV, the officer was flagged down and told the vehicle crashed into a deck attached to a house in the 200 block of Jefferson Road.

Sgt. Haycook said the residence was unoccupied.

Witnesses told police they saw two men running away from the vehicle after the crash.

“Then next thing I know some guy ran right next to us,” said Kristina Hyman, who lives just two houses away from where the suspects wrecked the car. “I mean he couldn’t have been no further than five feet from us. He ran right past us.”

Sgt. Haycook said the two men were seen running into the woods.

Officers found a loaded shotgun in the vehicle and two loaded handguns nearby.

The vehicle was also reported stolen to the Jefferson City Police Department. Sgt. Haycook said it was stolen from a home.

He said they are working to determine if the guns were also stolen.

Hyman said she hopes the suspects are caught soon.

“That’s scary because you don’t know where they’re at, or what they’re going to do now,” she said. “They know that all of us are out here, so who knows what they’re going to do. Who knows what they were going to do.”

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department, New Bloomfield Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol helped in the search.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Holts Summit Police Department at (573)896-4678 or Crime Stoppers at (573)592-2474 to remain anonymous.

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