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Authorities arrest Lake Ozark man after multiple pursuits


Jefferson City police say one man was arrested Wednesday night after authorities initiated multiple chases for the person.

A release from the police department said the 29-year-old was originally pulled over for a driving violation.

Police department spokesman Lt. David Williams said in the release Cody Umfleet, of Lake Ozark, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for felony burglary. Williams said new charges were also submitted to the Cole County Prosecutor's office.

Officers stopped Umfleet in the 1900 block of Missouri Boulevard around 3:12 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the release said. Police alleged he provided false information after being pulled over.

The release said Umfleet drove from the scene and officers chased him onto Highway 50 West. Officers stopped the chase saying it was too dangerous.

Later on, police received multiple reports of someone driving recklessly on Highway 179 near W. Truman Boulevard.

Cole County sheriff's deputies were called in to chase Umfleet as he left city limits, the release said. Deputies then canceled the second pursuit.

Officers say Umfleet's vehicle was spotted in the 2200 block of Highway 179 just northwest of the city.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol air division was called in and Umfleet was seen near 179 and Route T. Authorities started chasing Umfleet again into the woods.

According to the release, a K9 unit was brought in which located Umfleet around 6:16 p.m.

Police said the man was taken to a local hospital for injuries he sustained while being arrested. Umfleet was booked into the Cole County Jail on suspicion of numerous charges, according to the release.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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