Driver calls wife during high speed I-49 chase

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GRANDVIEW, Mo. — A high speed chase from downtown Kansas City to Grandview Labor Day ended with the suspect flipping his vehicle.

The chase took officers down Highway 71 and Intersdate 49 before the driver overturned on Missouri Highway 150 about 7 p.m.

His estranged wife was on the phone with the man while he weaved in and out of traffic at speeds nearing 100 miles per hour.

“He said I’m not stopping until you get here, until you get here I’m not stopping,” Henry recalled of the phone call.

Police spotted him near Kansas City’s Power and Light District driving erratically.

“I never expected to answer my phone and get that it scared me because I just didn’t know what the outcome would be or the result would be if I didn’t come. So I got in my car and came. I was panicking.”

Cops deployed stop sticks, and by the time Henry arrived, her husband and the Toyota Corolla he was driving were flipped upside down near the highway onramp from 150 back on to I-49.

Henry was still on the phone with her husband as police with guns drawn ordered him to put his hands up and get out of the vehicle. But he was telling her was trapped and she feared the worst would happen.

Finally they got him out and he was taken away in an ambulance. Henry says her husband hasn’t been taking their separation well or his mother’s illness. She’s battling cancer. She also says he battles substance abuse.

“He’s been an awesome guy it’s just that addiction,” she said.

Police are looking into whether the car was stolen in Kansas City Kansas. The driver will face numerous charges after he’s checked out for his injuries, but his wife said she’s just glad no one else was hurt.

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