Fleeing motorist sentenced for firing at officers, rigs

January 28, 2020 GMT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for shooting at law enforcement officers and other tractor-trailer drivers during a chase.

The U.S. attorney’s office says in a news release 27-year-old Victoria Ann Buol, of Boonville, was sentenced Monday for three federal counts stemming from the April 2016 chase on Interstate 70. It started after a stolen Jeep was spotted in the parking lot of a Columbia truck stop. Prosecutors say Buol took off, stopping in the parking lot to allow Russell Dean Moore to get in the passenger seat.

The release says Buol and Moore fired multiple shots at officers during the pursuit, disabling a patrol vehicle. They also shot at four tractor-trailers, nearly hitting a driver. They were arrested after the Jeep ran out of gas in Calloway County. Prosecutors say they then told investigators that they were shooting at the tractor-trailers in an effort to cause an accident that would end the pursuit.

Moore was sentenced previously to 30 years in federal prison without parole.