Chase suspects taken into custody - KOAM TV 7

Chase suspects taken into custody

Posted: Updated: Feb 8, 2013 09:14 PM CST

Updated at 9:15 PM CST:  Two suspects are in custody following a police chase Friday afternoon.  The suspects were found hiding behind an air conditioning unit at a Southeast Kansas church.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says at about 1:45 on Friday afternoon they were alerted to be on the lookout for a vehicle involved in a theft in Labette County.  A short time later a deputy located the vehicle north of Columbus and attempted to stop it.

The vehicle took off but was eventually found in a wooded area in Jasper County where the driver and passenger then fled on foot.

At about 6:42 p.m. a Lawton resident informed deputies the suspects had been seen in the area.  The suspects were found hiding in an air conditioning unit at a church and have been taken into custody.

During a search of the suspects vehicle authorities say the discovered what they believe to be methamphetamine.

No charges have been filed at this time but the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says both the driver and passenger face multiple charges.

The investigation is still underway and both suspects could face additional charges.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Jasper County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol took part in the pursuit.

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Updated at 7:30 PM CST:  Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves tells us the two suspects have been taken into custody.

Updated February 8, 2013 at 5:55 PM CST:  A car chase that began in Cherokee County is now a manhunt on foot in Jasper County.

It started when Cherokee County authorities were chasing an allegedly stolen trailer from Labette County, which was dumped during the chase and recovered by deputies.

Authorities lost sight of the vehicle before it drove into a field in Jasper County.  Deputies eventually found the car and two suspects ran.

At least a dozens state troopers and deputies are assisting in the search for the man and woman along with K-9 units, as well as the help of a local resident.

"Oddly enough we have a property owner that owns property over here that has a plane and that's who you see flying over," says Captain Derek Walrod of the Jasper County Sheriff's Department.  "He's been in contact with us by phone, to see if he locates anything, he will let us know but we have K-9's on the ground that are doing a track too to see if we can locate them."

The Cherokee and Jasper County sheriff's departments and Missouri state troopers are taking part in the search. 

The Cherokee County sheriff says they do not know if these individuals are connected to other recent burglaries in the area but it is something they will look into.

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