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Stolen Car Chase Results in Fiery Crash

Written by on November 24, 2021

DOWNING, Mo.- A high speed pursuit on the gravel roads of Scotland County ended in a fiery crash.  Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney tells KMEM News that his office received a report at 11:45 Wednesday morning that a stolen car had been spotted in the Downing area.  The 2008 silver Chevy Impala had been reported stolen from Kirksville on Tuesday. 

Tyler Nathan Tucker (Photo Courtesy of Scotland County Sheriff’s Dept.)

At noon, Scotland County Deputy Jason Moss located the car three miles east of Downing on Highway 136 near the Route B junction.  Deputy Moss activated his lights and siren when the car turned south onto Scotland County road #609.  The driver failed to stop and began to flee.  Moss safely followed the vehicle for several miles to state Route D. 

The car then turned east on Route D and fled at a high rate of speed for three miles toward the Highway 15 junction, where Sheriff Whitney had deployed spike strips.  The car struck the spike strip at a high rate of speed and two tires were safely deflated. 

The driver, 32-year old Tyler Nathan Tucker of Kirksville, attempted to continue driving eastbound to Highway 15.  However, he failed to negotiate a corner and the car overturned, coming to rest on its side.  The car’s engine compartment then caught fire.  Law enforcement officials were able to extricate Tucker from the car uninjured before the fire spread to the interior of the vehicle. 

Tucker was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Failure to Yield to Law Enforcement.  Additionally, Tucker has pending probation and parole warrants out of Adair County.  Tucker was transported to the Adair County Jail.