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Wild car chase ends
with felony charge
Highway workers were told to leave the roadway

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark editor

A 28-year-old man allegedly assaulted a law enforcement officer with his vehicle while attempting to flee law enforcement in a chase that included some time in a field.

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged Derrick Smith of Kansas City with a felony of resisting a lawful stop, a misdemeanor of assault and a misdemeanor of making a false report.

Deputies attempted to pull Smith over for a traffic violation in the westbound lane of 92 Highway near Interurban Road at about 1:57 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21. Smith allegedly sped off into a field, where he continuously drove in circles. According to the allegations, he steered his vehicle toward the driver's side of the deputy's vehicle, forcing the deputy out of the way to avoid a collision.

Despite sustaining heavy damage to the passenger side tire of Smith's vehicle, he managed to travel southbound on Prairie View Road. As he turned eastbound onto New Mexico City Avenue, he nearly caused a head-on collision, states court records.

Before Smith made his way onto I-29, deputies radioed ahead, urging highway construction workers to leave the interstate for their own safety, while deputies deployed stop sticks. Smith's front tire become eventually became flat. As Smith took the E Highway exit at Camden Point, he struck a guardrail and stalled shortly after.

Deputies ordered him to the ground and asked him to identify himself. Smith told deputies he was 16-year-old Wright Ryan.

Smith is being held in the Platte County Jail on a $15,000 bond.