Car stolen from Grandview helps police come to the rescue

They could run, and they did. But they could not hide.

Occupants of a Saab convertible stolen in Grandview learned that Monday, after police tracked them down twice using the car’s GPS unit.

The first time, Kansas City, Kan., police pulled up behind the Saab after spotting it just after 11 a.m. Monday in the drive-through lane of a fast-food restaurant at Eighth Street and Minnesota Avenue. A male driver and female passenger were in the car.

The driver rammed the police car and hit another vehicle before speeding off and eluding officers.

But police dispatchers, armed with the coordinates provided by the GPS unit, kept officers informed of the vehicle’s location.

It drove through the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kan., and crossed a bridge over the Missouri River into Riverside. The vehicle then headed north on Interstate 29 and made it to Dearborn, about halfway between Kansas City and St. Joseph, before police closed in again.

According to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, deputies pursued the vehicle before briefly losing sight of it. Shortly afterward, they found the car in Dearborn and a witness told them that two occupants ran into a house.

Police arrested a 28-year-old Claycomo man and a 27-year-old Excelsior Springs woman. Platte County prosecutors charged Darren M. Jameson with resisting arrest by fleeing and tampering with a motor vehicle. They charged Natalie R. Fox with tampering, according to court records.