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Deputies in Lawrence County have been searching for a man who crashed his car in a field after a high-speed chase that started in Greene County early Sunday morning.
The chase started on I-44 near Springfield when an officer tried to pull the driver of a red Mitsubishi Eclipse over for a traffic violation.
The driver was going to have none of that, so he sped off west and at one point the chase went on to Airport Boulevard in Springfield, then back to I-44.
The pursuit crossed the Lawrence County line and on to Highway 96 where the driver at one point officers lost sight of the car around Halltown.
An officer in the pursuit noted the suspect threw something from the window of his car.
Minutes later the suspect car reappeared and headed south down Highway M, and officers managed to get far enough ahead to set up stop sticks.
A couple of the fleeing car's tires blew out when they hit the spikes, but the driver decided to go off-roading and into some fields where he ended up crashing.
When his severely damaged car came to a stop, the suspect jumped out and ran into the dark.
Officials say no one was hurt during the chase.
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