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Man in custody following police chase on U.S. 36

Several agencies responded after police say a male suspect led officers on a high-speed chase along Highway 36 westbound Saturday afternoon.

Posted: Jun 1, 2019 5:02 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2019 2:27 PM

(CAMERON, Mo.) Several agencies responded after police say a male suspect led officers on a high-speed chase along Highway 36 westbound Saturday afternoon.

The chase started in Cameron around 1:30 p.m. and ended in Wathena, Kansas. Cameron Police Chief Rick Bashor said officers initially responded to the Walmart in Cameron for a report of a burglary in progress.

The suspect ran out of the Walmart and got into a vehicle. We're told he hit two parked cars and a Cameron police officer. Bashor said officers began firing shots at the suspect once he was in the vehicle and wouldn't respond to officers' commands to stop.

The police officer that was hit by the vehicle has not been identified, but was taken to the hospital and later released with minor injuries.

The suspect got onto U.S. 36 west towards St. Joseph. Several agencies responded to the chase including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and Wathena Police.

Wathena Police Chief Jared Ratzlaff said the suspect drove through Wathena until he ended in a ditch on the west side of town while trying to pass another vehicle. 

The suspect then came up out of the ditch and hit the Wathena Patrol vehicle on the front passenger side bumper. The suspect drove his vehicle back down the ditch but was cut off from re-entering the roadway by a patrol car. 

Ratzlaff said the man was taken into custody around 1:57 p.m. We're told an affidavit has been submitted to the Doniphan
County Attorney for charges of flee and elude, interference with a police officer, reckless driving, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Bashor said the suspect will be held in Kansas until being transported back to Cameron.

Police say this incident is not related to the shooting on I-35 Friday.

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