Police pursuit ends in Cass County

bbashioum@demo-mo.comJuly 3, 2014 

A Raytown man was arrested on multiple charges following a pursuit on Interstate 49 that ended in Harrisonville.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a trooper notified dispatched that he was in pursuit of a blue-colored Dodge Intrepid in at mile marker 138.4 on I-49 in Bates County at 2:04 p.m. June 26.

The suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Vearl Strutton Jr., fled in his vehicle as the trooper attempted to approach him, reaching speeds up to 110 miles per hour.

While the pursuit continued, the trooper deployed spike strips, but Strutton’s vehicle continued to travel north past Route AA.

Allegedly, the driver also began throwing items and baggies from the vehicle for a span of several miles.

While the pursuit continued, the suspect then began gesturing with his hands, including making motions as if his hand were a pistol.

No actual weapons were displayed.

At 2:19 p.m., the suspect’s vehicle exited the interstate at 291 Highway, and within moments, overheated.

Strutton’s vehicle came to a stop on Rockhaven Road, near QuikTrip. Additional troopers, and other agencies including the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Harrisonville Police Department responded to the scene to assist.

The suspect advised he failed to yield to law enforcement because he was en route to the hospital for a possible stroke.

EMS transported him to the Cass County Regional Medical Center, where he was evaluated for a possible stroke and other advised ailments, with nothing confirmed.

Strutton was placed into custody and arrested for felony resisting, felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), felony tampering, no driver license, and exceeding posted speed limit. The investigation is ongoing.

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