Driver takes to woods off of I-70 to avoid trooper, one in custody

Troopers were searching an area west of Kindom City Wednesday for a suspect who drove off of I-70 and into the woods to avoid a trooper who was following him.

A driver left the I-70 roadway Wednesday morning in an effort to avoid a trooper, sparking a search involving troopers and a helicopter. As of Wednesday afternoon, one suspect had been apprehended.

According to Sgt. Scott White of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a trooper spotted a vehicle driving down I-70 in Callaway County with stolen license plates. He began following the vehicle, and before he could activate his lights, the suspect vehicle left the roadway near the 147 mile marker, just west of Kingdom City.

Troopers mobilized to search the area, and a helicopter being used in a training exercise was redeployed to the scene.

White says a vehicle had been located in the woods near the intersection of County Roads 220 and 210. He said troopers were waiting to approach it until they were sure it was safe to do so.

At 3:18 Wednesday afternoon, one of the suspects was apprehended in the area, according to the Callaway County Sheriff's Department. The search was continuing for a second suspect.

The Sheriff's department announced shortly after 4:00 p.m. that they believe the second suspect had managed to leave the area. The Highway Patrol will continue the initial investigation.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the apprehension of one suspect and that law enforcement believes the second suspect has left the area.

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