Police release dramatic video of chase that led to deadly crash - KCTV5

Police release dramatic video of chase that led to deadly crash

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Police released the dramatic video that shows Monday's high-speed chase that led to a deadly crash.

Jason Lewis, 35, was killed and two others were seriously hurt.

The day after the chase, 23-year-old Andrew Stark was charged with second-degree murder and police say he was driving on a revoked license.

The entire chase covered three miles in approximately two minutes, meaning speeds averaged 90 miles an hour. The video shows Stark weave in and out of traffic, almost the entire time with Independence police in pursuit.

Stark is already speeding 75 miles an hour when he flies by the stopped Independence police car. By the time the officer pulls out and guns the engine, Stark is nearly out of frame, driving a silver Saab.

The dash cam video shows Stark slowing down at one point, almost pulling over. The pursuing officer even turns off his siren but, a few seconds later, it's clear Stark is going to run.

"We have a vehicle trying to lose me here. We're westbound 23rd approaching 435," the officer says on his radio.

Stark is seen nearly crashing as he weaves in and out of traffic near Interstate 435. Thirty seconds later Stark is fishtailing again just before passing three more cars.

With Stark now in Kansas City, MO, and going faster than 100 mph, the Independence police officer stops the chase at Topping Avenue. A few blocks later, at the intersection of East 23rd Street and Hardesty Avenue, the officer drives up to the crash that killed one person and seriously injured two.

Because of the alleged speed of the chase and Stark weaving in and out of traffic, he also faces one felony count of resisting arrest. The felony charge is why prosecutors are able to bring a murder charge against Stark.

The dash cam video of the crash can be used as a key piece of evidence at the murder trial. When asked about it, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker said she wasn't consulted about releasing it to the media and her office had no idea copies were made and handed out.

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