By: Lynn Hughes, ozarksfirst.com
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Tuesday morning around 4:30 am a Greene County Deputy located a man in a stolen Chevrolet truck who appeared to be stealing items from a construction site. The man quickly eluded deputies when he fled into off-road terrain where deputies could not follow. Shortly thereafter, at 4:45 am the stolen truck was located in the wooded terrain, abandoned and unoccupied.
While searching the area for the suspect another deputy noticed a suspicious acting Chevrolet Trailblazer who appeared to be circling the immediate area where the suspect had abandoned the stolen truck. Believing the Trailblazer was involved in the stolen truck incident, a deputy conducted a traffic stop. While attempting to identify the male driver and female passenger of the Trailblazer, the occupants refused and fled in the vehicle.
Deputies pursued but lost sight of the vehicle in the area of National Ave and Cherry St. At 5:33 am another Springfield Police unit reported that they had noticed the Trailblazer traveling north on National. Moments later, a deputy searching for the Trailblazer discovered debris in the roadway on National north of Chestnut which led him to discover the Trailblazer crashed into a home at 914 N. National Ave. After a brief foot pursuit, the injured driver was taken into custody. Both occupants of the Trailblazer were transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation and treatment. A female juvenile inside the home received minor injuries from debris. She was treated on scene by responding medical crew and refused additional care.