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Mid-Missouri chase ends with fiery crash; one arrested

A car chase in mid-Missouri ends with a fiery crash.

Investigators say a Boone County deputy spotted an SUV displaying a stolen license plate near Interstate 70 and Highway 63 in Columbia at about 3 p.m. Thursday. The driver of the SUV ignored a traffic stop and took off.

The chase spanned from east Columbia into Callaway County. The SUV crashed near Callaway County Road 276 and Cedar Creek Church Road, flipped, and caught fire.

Authorities say they pulled Mark Smith out of the SUV. The 36-year-old Callao man was treated at a local hospital and released. He’s facing several charges.

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