High speed chase leads to arrest in Ozark

Tanner Kennedy

An Ozark teen has been arrested in connection with a high speed chase through parts of Ozark Sunday, Oct. 11.

Tanner Kennedy, 18, was arrested and charged with attempting to elude law enforcement, leaving the scene of an accident, carrying a pistol without a permit, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree theft of property.

According to Ozark Police Chief Col. Charles Ward, at approximately 10 a.m. Oct. 11, the Ozark Police Department attempted a traffic stop for a speeding infraction on a Honda Accord in the area of College Street and Newton Avenue.

The vehicle failed to stop for police and led officers on a vehicle pursuit during which the driver of the vehicle discarded a firearm out the window. Following a short pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle lost control and subsequently crashing into a utility pole on Andrews Avenue and McLeod Lane causing the vehicle to become disabled and two white males fled on foot from the vehicle, Ward said.

Officers, along with the assistance of two citizens—Cody Todd and Micha Morris—gave chase on foot and successfully apprehended the suspect driver approximately a block from the crash site. The second male was not located.

Kennedy was identified as the driver. The firearm discarded during the pursuit was located and discovered to have been stolen.

Ward thanked Todd and Morris for their swift actions. “Their actions show the respect and resilient relationships between the Ozark Police Department and our citizens,” he said.

The incident is still under investigation.

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