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Chase ends as motorist eludes deputy

A high-speed chase that led police from Washington toward Riverside has not yielded an arrest as the fleeing motorist eluded deputies.

Washington County Sheriff Jared Schneider reported Wednesday, April 10, there were no injuries reported as the result of a vehicle pursuit that reportedly ran through the northeast end of the City of Washington and down Riverside Road. The sheriff stated deputies lost sight of a black two-door Mercedes Benz being pursued near the Riverside area and could not pick up the trail again. He said there has been no word that the vehicle or its occupants had been apprehended anywhere else.

“I have no idea on the speeds as they were going in town,” Schneider said.

Schneider said the department still is reviewing the incident and information about the chase still is coming in. The Washington Evening Journal will report additional details on the pursuit as they become available.

A deputy attempted to stop the vehicle at 220th Street in Washington at about 6:52 p.m. for a routine traffic violation. The vehicle reportedly had no front license plate and dark tinted windows. Schneider said the Mercedes had “taken off” before the deputy could get turned around to initiate the traffic stop and tried to lose the deputy while still in town. The deputy did not call out the chase until he was on North 17th Avenue, in the very northeastern part of town, and onto North 12th Avenue. It reportly took less than a minute to span the distance between the two streets. Schneider does not know at this point how far ahead the vehicle was from the deputy when the pursuit started.

“The driver was driving the car erratically before we even tried to initiate the stop,” Schneider said. “It is one of the things we take into account before we start something like that. With a chase starting in the northeast corner of town, deputies are supposed to take conditions into account before they initiate something like that. They evaluate the situation.”

Conditions, Schneider elaborated, include speed, location and safety of citizens.

According to Schneider, the Sheriff’s Office policy for engaging in high-speed chases states supervisors may call off a chase if they deem it unsafe. If a supervisors is not on duty, they are to contacted to determine if deputies should continue the pursuit.

After every pursuit of this type, Schneider said the deputy always has to report the details of the incident to the department’s supervisors as part of an after incident review.

Schneider said no license plate information was available and the sheriff’s department has no suspects in the incident.