An investigation is ongoing and charges are pending once the driver is identified.

The driver of a vehicle who led Monroe City Police on a high-speed pursuit within city limits remains at large.

On Thursday, April 19, at approximately 11:37 p.m., the Monroe City Police Department received a complaint reference of a possible intoxicated driver in a Nissan Altima. Officers were dispatched to the area of the Mark Twain Shopping Center.

While responding to the area, an officer spotted the vehicle at JC’s Collision on Business Route 36 and attempted to contact the driver.

The vehicle then fled at a high rate of speed westbound on Business 36 and a pursuit ensued, according to a press release from Monroe City Police Chief Tyler Wheeler. Officers pursued the vehicle for a short time and then terminated the pursuit and backed off due to the vehicle entering residential neighborhoods traveling at high rates of speed.

The vehicle was later spotted by law enforcement on Highway 24 at Route V west bound traveling at a high rate of speed. An investigation is ongoing and charges are pending once the driver is identified.

“I commend all the Law Enforcement Officers involved in this incident for their quick decision making putting the community first and avoiding any further harm to our citizens,” Wheeler said. “A special thank you to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for your assistance.