According to a facebook post by Pettis County Sheriff Brad Anders, on Saturday at approximately 4:44 a.m., the Sedalia Police Department took a report of vehicle theft in the 600 block of East 14th Street.
Shortly thereafter, Sedalia Police Department and Pettis County Deputies began searching for the vehicle. Sedalia Police Department, assisted by the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, were able to locate the vehicle at which point the subject began to flee. Sedalia Police and Pettis County Deputies began to pursue the vehicle around Sedalia while attempting to deploy Stop Sticks in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle then continued east out of the Sedalia City Limits.

Pettis County Deputies continued to pursue the vehicle into Morgan County due to conditions being safe to do so. The vehicle continued to flee at high rates of speed and eventually entered Moniteau County.

At this point, Moniteau County Deputies joined the pursuit line to assist Pettis County Deputies. California PD officers were able to successfully deploy stop sticks, deflating both front tires of the vehicle.

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The subject, later identified as 43-year-old Paul Ramos of Sedalia, then entered California, Mo., where California Police Officers were able to enter the pursuit and assist. Ramos began driving off the roadway, attempting to flee from pursuing Officers and Deputies. Ramos began driving up to parked vehicles and checking to see if the doors were unlocked, seeking another vehicle to flee in.

Eventually pursuing agencies were able to get Ramos to a stop and forcefully removed him from the vehicle. Ramos was taken into custody and transported back to Pettis County where he was taken to the Bothwell Regional Health Center to be evaluated by medical personnel before being transported to the Pettis County Jail.

Ramos was booked into the Pettis County Jail on an existing felony warrant out of St. Louis County for Property Damage Tampering Vehicle – 1st degree, which yielded no bond.

Ramos was also placed on a 24-hour hold pending combined charges from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and the Sedalia Police Department consisting of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest by Fleeing, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and driving while suspended or revoked.

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