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Multi-County high speed chase ends in California


On June 19, the Sedalia Police Department and Pettis County Deputies began searching for a stolen vehicle shortly after it was reported around 4:44 a.m. The search would result in a pursuit ending over 40 minutes down the road in California, Missouri. 

With assistance from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, the stolen vehicle was located by SPD. The subject, Paul Ramos, 43, of Sedalia, fled. This prompted a chase around Sedalia as police attempted to deploy Stop Sticks. 

Ramos, already having a felony warrant out of St. Louis County, escaped from the city limits going east into Morgan County. With road conditions deemed safe to pursue, Pettis County Deputies continued the chase. Eventually, Ramos entered Moniteau County and Moniteau County Deputies joined in the pursuit line to assist. 

At this point, officers of the California Police Department successfully used Stop Sticks to deflate the front two tires of the vehicle. Ramos then entered California, allowing California PD to also enter the pursuit line. 

In an attempt to escape, Ramos began driving off the roadway and approaching parked vehicles to find something without flat tires to flee in. Eventually, Ramos was stopped and forcefully removed from the vehicle. 

Ramos was taken into custody and brought back to Pettis County. He was evaluated by medical personnel at Bothwell Regional Health Center before being transported to the Pettis County Jail.

There, Ramos was booked on his existing felony warrant out of St. Louis County for Property Damage Tampering Vehicle - 1st degree, which yielded no bond. Additionally, he was placed on a 24 hour hold for pending combined charges of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest by Fleeing, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and driving while suspended/revoked.