City administrator investigated in hit and run

A Jefferson City top public official is under investigation for hitting a car Friday night and leaving the scene.

City Administrator Steve Rasmussen said he wasn TMt the one who hit the empty parked car and then fled.

But police and other city officials aren TMt so sure.

There is circumstantial evidence that indicates it was his car, city TMs attorney Nathan Nickolaus said. There were scratches on his car that could be compatible with the victim TMs car.

The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Police noticed Rasmussen TMs personal car had scratches on it that could be linked to the victim TMs car.

Nickolaus described the damage to the victim TMs car as minor and said nobody was injured in the accident.

Jefferson City police impounded Rasmussen TMs car and will conduct paint tests to see if he was involved. The car TMs samples will go to the highway patrol crime lab to be analyzed.

Mayor John Landwehr has informed the city council and asked the highway patrol to investigate out of an abundance of caution.

When asked about the accident, Rasmussen said he was visiting family and friends. However, there are indications some of Rasmussen TMs statements don TMt match up, according to Nickolaus.

A highway patrol report could take up to 30 days to complete.

While I certainly was not involved in an accident, I will cooperate fully in this investigation, Rasmussen said in a statement. I hope that this matter can be resolved quickly.