An incident involving a stolen vehicle and a high speed pursuit by authorities, with the suspect reaching speeds as high as 95 mph, began in Saline County and ended in Livingston County Saturday morning.
An incident involving a stolen vehicle and a high speed pursuit by authorities, with the suspect reaching speeds as high as 95 mph, began in Saline County and ended in Livingston County Saturday morning. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox stated that authorities in Saline County, received a report of a stolen Dodge 4500 utility truck carrying compressed butane was located by Carroll County Sheriff Bill McCoy in Carroll County. It is believed that the Carroll County Sheriff and Deputy attempted to stop the stolen vehicle and this turned into a pursuit with the driver of the stolen vehicle nearly striking motorists, Cox reported. This chased entered Livingston County and went north through Ludlow to U.S. 36. At some point, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Livingston County Deputy Chris Mueller with K-9 Zaki took part in pursuit. Patrol zone sergeant, Doug Little, was able to use spike strips and get multiple tires on the stolen vehicle. Chillicothe police assisted and blocked traffic from U.S. 36 for safety purposes. The stolen vehicle continued east on U.S. 36 with a front flat tire and inner tires on the rear end going flat, the sheriff reported. The vehicle also hit a highway sign and damaged the front end of the pickup to the point it was losing antifreeze. The suspect vehicle came to a stop near U.S. 36 and Highway CC near Chillicothe where the suspect surrendered without incident. The suspect was initially identified as Jeremiah Joel Bailiff, 20, St. Louis, which was confirmed through fingerprint identification at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was turned over to Carroll County Sheriff Bill McCoy. Charges were anticipated against the suspect for alleged violations in Saline County and Carroll County. The Livingston County sheriff’s office and the patrol will submit incident reports to Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren for consideration of additional felony charge/s in Livingston County due to the suspect driving 95 on rural highway and running people off the roadway. “Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident,” Cox stated. “The only damage known at this time is to the stolen vehicle and a highway sign hit by the stolen vehicle.” In Livingston County this incident involved the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chillicothe PD, and Deputy Chris Muller and Sheriff Steve Cox.