Police search for suspect near I-29 and N. Oak Trafficway, causing traffic backups

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police searched for a suspect Friday night in the Northland near Interstate 29 and North Oak Trafficway.

The pursuit caused major traffic backups in both directions on the interstate for about an hour. As of 8 p.m. traffic was moving again.

Officials say police began chasing a person, believed to be a homicide suspect, at about 6:40 p.m. KCPD eventually abandoned the chase when the driver refused to pull over.

Later, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol spotted the vehicle and started a pursuit. The driver headed north on southbound lanes of I-29 before eventually running off the highway at I-29 and North Oak Trafficway.

The suspect ran away, and police have not been able to make contact to positively ID the suspect.

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