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Wanted St. Louis man arrested following high-speed chase

James Hunt, Jr., 31, was arrested on suspicion of multiple offenses during a high-speed chase Thursday morning. (Boone County Sheriff's Department)

Boone County Deputies said a St. Louis man wanted for a felony parole violation and multiple offenses was arrested following a high-speed chase from Columbia to Jefferson City just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to a news release, James Hunt, Jr., 31, ran through a red light at the intersection of Conley Road and Highway 63 South. A deputy tried to pull over the vehicle, but a chase ensued.

Deputies said Hunt was driving over 100 miles-per-hour and almost hit an Ashland police car on Highway 63, traveled through Ashland on Route M and River Road, and then went back on Highway 63 to travel to Jefferson City.

Hunt was arrested in the 2300 block of Jefferson Street. According to deputies, they found a Glock pistol that was stolen in St. Louis.

Hunt was arrested on suspicion of the following offenses:

  • Second-degree assault
  • Stealing of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Resisting/Interfering with an Arrest
  • Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle in a Careless/Imprudent Manner
  • Failure to Stop for a Red Light
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Valid Driver’s License.
  • Separately, he was also booked on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping, third-degree assault, and fourth-degree assault.

He was being held without bond in the Boone County Detention Center.

The pursuit lasted approximately 45 minutes and covered 53 miles.

Cole and Callaway counties, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, Ashland and Jefferson City Police assisted with the chase.

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