October 29, 2017
Stolen vehicles in South Dakota led to a multi-state chase that ended partially in St. Joseph on Sunday.
Agencies across the region were engaged in a pursuit for five vehicles. Now, one person is in custody after five people were injured in St. Joseph due to a crash that stemmed from the chase.
Sgt. Jake Angle, Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Iowa Highway Patrol alerted Missouri troopers Sunday morning that they were in pursuit of five vehicles drag racing. Iowa troopers terminated their pursuit at the state line. Shortly after, Atchison County, Missouri, deputies reported they located one of the vehicles. The vehicle stopped when directed by a deputy, but then took off and struck the deputy’s vehicle. No one was injured in that incident.
Later Sunday, one of the vehicles crashed at mile marker 103 on Interstate 29. Two subjects ran off into the woods. A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper discovered a business card for Billion Autos in Sioux City, South Dakota. The patrol discovered several vehicles were stolen from that business.
Shortly before noon, troopers in St. Joseph met two of the suspect vehicles driving southbound on I-29. Sgt. Jake Angle, Missouri State Highway Patrol, said they were attempting to stop the vehicles with spikes when one of those vehicles crashed at the intersection of I-29 and Frederick Boulevard. The suspects fled on foot and were later taken into custody near Cracker Barrel.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Shannon R. Dugan, 36, Madison J. Langston, 6, Maleaha Langston, 4, Matthew J. Langston, 26, and Jessica L. Marshall, 25, were all moderately injured in the crash. The crash occurred when a 2008 Dodge Charger, driven by Travon Simmons, 17, exited off southbound I-29 and attempted to turn left onto Frederick Boulevard. The vehicle struck a 2016 Chevy Cruze and 2013 Ford F150, causing extensive damage to the vehicles.
Simmons was arrested for tampering with a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest.
The other vehicle fled and the chase entered Platte County, where local agencies assisted with the pursuit. The driver bailed out at Old Pike Road and State Highway 371. Shortly afterward, troopers took the driver into custody.
At 12:15 p.m., the trooper responding to the incident at mile marker 103 reported he was on a foot pursuit for two black males. A few minutes later, that trooper advised the men had stolen his patrol car and were southbound on I-29. At 12:32 p.m., Troop H was advised the black males were once again on foot. Shortly before 4 p.m., those men were taken into custody.