UPDATE 8/29/2023 – The name of the Affordable Towing truck driver has been released.
55-year-old William Sipple of Springfield was charged with resisting arrest, a Class E felony, after leading law enforcement on a chase Monday afternoon.
According to the PC Statement, Sipple drove for about eleven miles before officers were able to stop the truck he was driving.
UPDATE 5:15 P.M. – The Greene County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were made aware of an Affordable Towing truck leaving the scene of an accident near Glentstone Avenue and I-44.
SPD tried to stop the truck, but the driver fled, taking both agencies on a chase through Springfield.
Deputies found the truck near Glenstone Avenue and Norton Road, where the driver continued to flee, recklessly driving and nearly hitting several passenger vehicles, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies and SPD caught up with the truck again, deploying several sets of stop sticks, popping three of the truck’s six tires.
The truck finally came to a stop just beyond the Walnut Street intersection on Kansas Expressway where the suspect was arrested.
Greene County Sheriff’s deputies suspected that the driver was under the influence of a controlled substance.
“Due to the dangerous actions, this driver had to be stopped before injuring or killing innocent citizens,” said Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott.
UPDATE 4:50 P.M. – The left lane of Kansas Expressway is now clear and has reopened. Affordable Towing’s new owner said that an employee was driving the truck, but he was not authorized to do so today.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Several Greene County Sheriff’s Office vehicles are near the intersection of Kansas Expressway and Walnut Street and a tow truck is pulled over, causing a partial lane closure on the left lane of Kansas Expressway.
An ambulance is also on the scene.
This is a breaking news story. OzarksFirst has a news crew at the scene and we will update the story as more details become available.