The driver of a pickup truck that rammed an Independence police car Tuesday morning was arrested after a chase that wound into Kansas City and the Northland.
The truck’s occupants allegedly had stolen a radio from another vehicle before Independence police began the pursuit about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday near Missouri 291 and Truman Road.
After the truck merged onto westbound Interstate 70, police deployed a device that flattened two of its tires. The truck swerved at officers but they escaped injury, police said. A short while later, the truck rammed a police car. The officer was not hurt.
Kansas City police deployed another device that flattened the truck’s two remaining tires, but the driver kept going on the rims.
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The truck caught fire before the driver stopped in the area of Vivion Road and U.S. 169 and attempted to run. Police arrested him and two passengers.
Independence police said they recovered the stolen radio as well as a loaded firearm and a substantial amount of illegal drugs.