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Three Pursuits in Nine Hours have Deputies Busy


Lawrence County Deputies have a busy nine hours.  Deputies were involved in three different pursuits overnight into the early morning hours.  The three pursuits included the arrest of two individuals, recovery of two stolen vehicles, recovery of a stolen trailer, recovery of narcotics and the recovery of stolen items.

Pursuit #1  At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday January 13, deputies assisted Mt. Vernon PD who initiated a pursuit on a suspicious activity call.  Shortly after leaving the City of Mt. Vernon, MVPD terminated their pursuit and County Deputies picked up the chase.  The pursuit continued down westbound on interstate 44 for approximately 20 miles into Jasper County.  Speeds reaching nearly 100 miles per hour.

With the assistance of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the suspect vehicles tires were puncture by spike strips and shortly there after the vehicle crashed into a fence and the suspect fled on foot.  The suspect was not located but is know by authorities.  Charges will be pending as a result of the incident.


Pursuit #2  At approxilately 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday January 14, 2015 Deputies received a report from a homeowner that his vehicle had just been stolen from his driveway just out side of Pierce City.  An on duty Pierce City officer was close enough to respond to the call and quickly located the vehicle and initiate a pursuit.  Shortly after Lawrence County Deputies joined the pursuit and followed the vehicle through several county roads and highways.

The pursuit continued through Lawrence County, Dade County and then into Barton County.  The suspect of the vehicle crashed the stolen truck shortly thereafter and was taken into custody.  Lawrence County, Dade County and Barton County Deputies assisted in the pursuit that recovered the stolen vehicle.  The suspect is currently in custody at the Barton County Jail awaiting several charges to be filed.


Pursuit #3  At approximately 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday January 14, 2015 as a Deputy was doing a residence check on a past burglary, the deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle pulling a trailer backed up to the residence of the past burglary.  The deputy drove down the road to set up on the residence.

Shortly after the vehicle pulled out from the residence and the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle.  The vehicle failed to stop and the pursuit was initiated.  The pursuit traveled several county roads and state highways until the vehicle turned into a local farm west of Mt. Vernon.  The vehicle continued to travel until it hit a farm implement at which time the suspect bailed from the vehicle into a corn field.

A perimeter was set up with the assistance of the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Conservation.  After an extensive search the Conservation agent located the suspect hidden in the corn field and took him into custody.

It was determined that the vehicle was stolen from Jasper County as well as the trailer.  Possible stolen property was also located in the vehicle and trailer.  Also located was a quantity of illegal narcotics.

The suspect is currently in custody at the Lawrence Count Jail awaiting formal charges.