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Police chase ends in death of man not involved in pursuit

Westley Reid
Pettis County Sheriff's Office
Westley Reid faces murder charges in the death of Zachary Hancock-Bottom after a crash in Sedalia on Sunday.

SEDALIA, Mo. (The Kansas City Star)

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a police chase Sunday ended with the death of a man who was not involved in the pursuit.

The patrol says law enforcement officers began chasing a stolen truck in Henry County on Sunday night. The pursuit went into Pettis County and eventually headed into Sedalia.

The patrol says the driver ran a red light and hit a truck, which was pushed into a Pettis County deputy's car. The driver of the second truck, 27-year-old Zachary Hancock Bottom, of Sedalia was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at a Sedalia hospital.

The driver of the stolen truck, Westley Reid, 26, of Clinton, suffered moderate injuries. The deputy whose car was hit was not injured. 

Troopers arrested Reid at University of Missouri Hospital on suspicion of felony driving while intoxicated. An MU Health Care spokesman said Reid was treated and released.

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