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Chase ends in crash for sheriff's deputy

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Buchanan County (KWWL) -- A high speed chase in Buchanan County ended with a sheriff's deputy in the hospital and the suspect still on the loose.

It happened near Independence around 9:30pm Wednesday.

The crash at the intersection of 200th Street and Keokuk Avenue injured Deputy Joseph Schwinghammer.

The scrapes are still fresh on one of the Independence Police cars.

It's a result of a chase through city streets and onto Buchanan County roads.

It caused Buchanan County Sheriff Deputy Joe Schwinghammer to go off the road and crash into a ditch.

He's back home now recuperating but Sheriff Bill Wolfgram says it could have ended a lot worse.

"When we get in chases, it's always something we want to let the public know is a serious thing to decide to run from law enforcement not only criminalwise but also they're putting in jeopardy, not themselves or officers or the general public, too," says Wolfgram.

Authorities were pursuing Tracy Hackert of the Independence area.

He has a long history with law enforcement.

Authorities say he tried to run those in pursuit off the road during the 15 to 20 mile chase.

That could bring more charges if he's arrested.

"A vehicle is deemed a dangerous weapon or offensive weapon just like a handgun would be or someone carrying a knife or something like that," says Wolfgram.

Authorities say they're confident they'll catch Hackert.

They say it's only a matter of time.

Online Reporter: Bob Waters

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