Police helicopter was following a vehicle driving erratically when it slammed into a tree, killing the driver.
This early morning chase started in Independence and ended at 7th and Hardesty in KCMO.
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -
A number of recent pursuits involving police have resulted in arrests and even a death within the span of 12 hours.
The first one happened Friday night. Officers say it all started with an attempted armed robbery call at 32nd Street and Karnes Boulevard. They spotted a vehicle that matched the description and the driver took off, leading police on a chase.
Police pursued the vehicle down Highway 71 before the suspects bailed near 66th Street and The Paseo.
Three women and two men are in custody.
"It looked like Christmas with all the lights and there's just so many police lights and helicopters flying around and that right there attracts a lot of attention," said Rev. Otis Hooker, a neighbor. "We just moved in the area and we want to make it a safe neighborhood for everybody. I'm praying to God that they caught everyone."
There's no word yet on what charges the suspects will face.
The following day two people are in custody after another police chase that started in Independence and ended in Kansas City.
Police said they tried to stop the car for improper registration about 2:37 a.m. and 14th Street and Cunningham Avenue and that's when the driver sped off.
The chase lasted 15 minutes and ended at East Seventh Street and Hardesty Avenue.
Nobody was hurt and police arrested a man and a woman.
Police said they never chased a vehicle, but were following it with their helicopter when it crashed, resulting in one death.
The incident happened shortly after midnight Saturday morning at 75th Street and Indiana Avenue when police tried to make a routine traffic stop.
Police said their helicopter saw the vehicle traveling erratically before it struck a tree at 51st Street and Brooklyn Avenue. The driver was killed.
Three other adults and three children were also in the vehicle at the time and were taken to the hospital.
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