When officers showed up at the home of a 67-year-old Miami woman at 5 a.m. Tuesday, she had no idea her car had been taken from her driveway.
The bad news didn't stop there - her car had been part of an early morning high-speed chase that ended when the car crashed in Missouri.
According to Miami Police Officer Ronnie Cravens, he noticed a silver vehicle that failed to stop at 1st and A streets in Miami at about 3:47 a.m. Tuesday. He attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver did not stop and the car continued to head east out of Miami.
“I continued the pursuit to Highway 43 in Seneca (Mo),” Cravens said. “The vehicle failed to negotiate the turn at the intersection and wrecked in a field.”
Police reports indicate that the driver fled the scene.
Miami authorities, assisted by Seneca law enforcement officials, searched a nearby wooded area, but were unable to locate the driver of the vehicle.
A short time later, detectives made contact with the owner of the vehicle on E Street NW who thought her vehicle was still in the driveway.
The owner of the vehicle told authorities she left the keys in the car above the sun visor and didn't know who took the vehicle.
Authorities are still investigating the stolen vehicle and the accident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Miami Police Department at 542-5585.