Driver possibly beating his girlfriend while behind the wheel, causes T-bone crash

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — On January 13th an Independence officer chased a man into Kansas City, then called it off. Minutes later he found the suspect in an accident at 23rd and Hardesty where police say he ran a red light, killing another driver.

“Based on what we know at the time, we do what we think is best” said IPD spokesperson Tom Gentry.

That’s the Independence police chase policy in a nutshell, despite that pursuit in mid-January that ended in a deadly crash.

“Policing is not always pretty, you have to arrest people at times, you have to do what it takes to protect the public.” explained Gentry.

Thursday afternoon, Independence police were in another chase, but didn’t call it off. It ended in a serious crash.

It started with a 9-1-1 call to Lee’s Summit police about an assault. A female passenger was being beaten by…

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