Seldom does a routine traffic stop in downtown Parkville take a turn like it did for Parkville Police Captain Jon Jordan last Sunday night.
His ride began at the corner of 13th and Main when Officer Brad Dingman stopped a black 1995 Pontiac Firebird for having an expired license plate. After a computer check of the plate number, Dingman found two outstanding warrants issued to Demario R. Bello, 23, of Kansas City, Missouri.
According to police reports, the driver denied that he was Demario Bello but was, in fact, his twin brother, Caylon Bello. And while Dingman said he observed several traffic tickets made out in the name of Demario Bello when the supposed “Caylon” Bello checked the glove compartment in a failed attempt provide any identification or proof of insurance that stated that he was, in fact, “Caylon” Bello.
When Dingman called in a computer check for “Caylon Bello” the results came back as “not on file.” Soonafter, Captain Jordan arrived on the scene to assist Dingman as they asked the suspect to step out of his car, which the driver allegedly agreed to allow the officers search. But as Dingman began to write a ticket for his violations at this stop, Bello made a break back to his car.
According to reports, Jordan, a 19-year veteran of the force, immediately chased after him. Bello, however, beat him to the car and turned the ignition, but not before Jordan was able to reach into the car in an attempt to stop him from driving off. Bello hit the accelerator and Jordan’s wild ride had begun.
Dingman said he watched as the Pontiac sped southbound down Main Street, turned onto the grass near 9 Hwy – all the while dragging Jordan along as he clung from the driver’s side window. The car then crashed into a power and light pole and the door opened, the suspect fleeing on foot. Jordan was on his back.
Dingman gave chase on foot as the suspect ran towards the School of Rock on 9 Hwy, where a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper joined with him in locating him in the woods and placing him under arrest. When asked why he ran, he said it was because of his warrants and because he had cocaine in his car. A subsequent search of the car confirmed that an unknown powdery white substance contained inside a clear plastic bag inside the driver’s side door tested positive for cocaine.
Captain Jordan was taken by a Kansas City Fire Department Ambulance and admitted to intensive care at North Kansas City Hospital. He was released on Wednesday with injuries to his head and rotator cuff. In a statement on Facebook, Jordan said that he was extremely swollen and bruised and suffered possible muscle and tissue damage.
“I would not recommend taking the ride I took to anybody, I was very lucky,” Jordan said.
Bello is currently being held on four charges -- including felony assault of an officer -- on a $50,000 cash bond.