Two people were injured after a police chase ended in the Walnut Hills area west of Sedalia early Sunday morning.

Pettis County deputies were called to the 1700 block of Murphy Lane on a female yelling for help. Deputies learned there was an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed in the area.

A short vehicle pursuit took place on Hedge Apple. After crashing into the dumpster, the suspect took ran away from deputies on foot. The foot pursuit lasted about 1 ½ miles. Deputies, along with Highway Patrolmen, took Jacob Paul Ellis into custody in the 1500 block of Par 3 Drive. Deputies also located his girlfriend inside the vehicle. According to the report, she was being held against her will.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2005 Ford SUV driven by 30-year-old Jacob Paul Ellis of Boonville was southbound on Hedge Apple Drive, 100 feet east of Dogwood Circle at 1:41 a.m. when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway, struck a potable toilet and then a dumpster where it came to rest in front of a newly-constructed house. According to the owner, the garage door was also damaged, as was some scaffolding and a loader.

Ellis, who was wearing a safety device, had minor injuries in the crash, while his passenger, 34-year-old Courtney L. Woodard of Sedalia, who was not wearing a safety device according to the report, suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center by Pettis County Ambulance District for treatment.

Arrested was Jacob Paul Ellis on two counts of 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Felony Kidnapping, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Physical Injuries (a Class E felony), DWI with Physical Injuries (a class E felony) and 3rd Degree Domestic Assault (a Class E felony). Ellis was transported to the Pettis County Jail on a $75,000 cash or surety bond.

The Ford was totaled and towed from the scene by Don's Truck Towing.

Pettis County Jail
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