KC carjacking suspect allegedly smoking cigarette, talking on phone during chase that ended in crash

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department are investigating a crash that involved an alleged carjacking suspect Thursday morning.

A pursuit of the suspect ended in a crash involving three vehicles near Meyer and 71-Highway just after 7:30 a.m. KCMO police Chief Darryl Forte says the suspect was smoking a cigarette and talking on a cell phone while being pursued.

Sgt. Bill Mahoney told FOX 4 that the chase began when officers spotted a vehicle in the area of 29th and Tracy that matched the description of a vehicle involved in an alleged carjacking. As officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver took off and led officers on a chase with what Sgt. Mahoney calls low-speeds through city streets.

The suspect vehicle then tried to merge onto southbound 71-Highway when officers deployed deflation devices. Sgt. Mahoney says the driver of the vehicle swerved into another lane to avoid the deflation devices, and then rear-ended a vehicle and pushed it into a truck.

All three drivers, including the suspect, were taken to area hospitals to be treated for minor injuries.