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Jefferson City man arrested after fleeing from accident

Jefferson City man arrested after fleeing from accident

July 16th, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

Aaron Strickland

A Jefferson City man has been charged after fleeing from police following an accident July 7.

Aaron Strickland, 20, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and driving while revoked.

The crash occurred just before 1:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Elizabeth Street, according to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements.

The driver of the vehicle Strickland hit told officers she had been traveling on Elizabeth Street when Strickland turned from Myrtle Avenue onto Elizabeth at a high speed. He drove into her lane, and she stopped in the middle of the street to avoid the accident. Strickland drove up on the curb trying to avoid her vehicle but struck her vehicle in the side. Officers said the victim's vehicle suffered significant damage to the passenger side.

Strickland allegedly told the victim his license was revoked but had insurance and asked that she not call police. A relative of the victim and passenger in the vehicle called the police after Strickland left. This person later identified Strickland as the driver when shown a picture of him.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Several officers combed the area looking for Strickland but couldn't find him.

Then, early Saturday morning, just before 4 a.m., an officer saw Strickland sitting on the back deck of a residence in the 800 block of Clark Avenue. The officer tried to get Strickland to come speak to him, but Strickland took off on foot. The officer used his Taser and took Strickland into custody.