PITTSBURG — A wanted fugitive was arrested in Pittsburg Friday afternoon.
According to a release from the Pittsburg Police Department, at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, a PPD officer saw Derek Lee Swan Jr., get into a car in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Pittsburg. This vehicle left the area westbound on 23rd Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop on this vehicle; the driver eventually stopped at the intersection of 18th and Pine Street in Pittsburg. Swan, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was immediately taken into custody.
Swan was arrested on an outstanding Crawford County warrant related to probation violations and transported to the Crawford County Jail for booking.
Swan was wanted in connection with a high-speed chase near Liberal, Missouri on Aug. 14.
According to a release from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, at about 5:30 p.m. Liberal Police Chief John Simpson and Deputy Matt Griffitt of the Barton County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a high-speed chase which left out of Liberal on South Street. During the chase the suspects threw items from the vehicle. The chase ended just east of Prairie State Park outside of Liberal on nw 130th Lane. The suspect vehicle traveled off the roadway and headed into a field. The vehicle traveled about a half of a mile out into the middle of Prairie State Park. When the vehicle had stopped and the doors on the vehicle swung open five subjects fled from the vehicle. Griffitt and chief Simpson took chase and were able to apprehend two of the subjects. Deputies and a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper searched for the other three subjects for several hours but were not able to locate them. At approximately 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 14th Simpson received a phone call of two subjects walking on 160 highways west of NN highway. Simpson, Griffitt, and a Crawford County deputy responded to the area and were able to take two more subjects into custody. Swan was suspected to be the fifth individual in the vehicle and had been at large until he was apprehended Friday.
Swan is being held without bond.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at the tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.