PITTSBURG — A vehicle involved in a Crawford County police chase Thursday has been located and a suspect identified.
A mid-90s Ford Mustang, which was used to evade officers from the Pittsburg Police Department and Crawford County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday, was located early Friday morning in a field in Missouri.
At approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, a PPD officer observed the vehicle at 1st and Chestnut with an obscured license plate. The vehicle was also believed to be a suspect vehicle in a residential burglary from earlier that morning.
The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over and the driver failed to stop, fleeing westbound, at speeds in excess of 90 miles an hour, on 4th Street/Kansas Highway 126 out of the city limits. The female driver turned south on Kansas Highway 7 while officers continued pursuit, assisted by CSRO.
After dodging stopsticks placed in the road by the Cherokee Police Department, the suspect headed back east on US Highway 400. The suspect then passed US Highway 69 onto Kansas Highway 171 and crossed the state line into Missouri.
Local law enforcement radioed ahead to Jasper County, but no Missouri law enforcement was in the area. The chase was discontinued at the state line.
During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle consistently travelled at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour.
The vehicle was located early Friday, and items from the burglary on Thursday were recovered at the scene. A female suspect has been identified, but not yet located.
The investigation is ongoing.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.