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Thursday, October 7, 2021

One arrested after pursuit in Barton County

On October 3rd, 2021 at approximately 0737hrs a Barton County Sheriffs Deputy was dispatched to Mindenmines, Mo for a past tense vehicle theft. Once on scene the Deputy gathered the information about the vehicle and also learned that a dump trailer was attached to the truck as well at the time it was taken. Once the Deputy cleared the scene he advised other Deputies and the Sheriff of the theft. 

At approximately 1030hrs a citizen called 911 and stated they were following the vehicle they believed was stolen from Mindenmines on O Highway in rural Barton County. The Deputy that took the report was near the area and responded. 

Once the Deputy got behind the vehicle and activated his lights and siren the vehicle sped up and failed to yield to the Deputy. The Deputy initiated a pursuit with the vehicle which reached speeds of 100mph. 

The stolen vehicle at one point forced a motorist off the roadway. Sheriff Simpson was able to get in to position and deploy a tire deflation device that successfully struck 6 tires on the vehicle and trailer. The suspect continued to drive for approximately 6 more miles entering the city limits of Liberal, Mo. 

The vehicle came to a stop when it entered a field off of K Highway and the driver realized he had no where to go due to being surrounded by patrol cars and no tires to get him anywhere. Deputies were able to take the suspect in to custody without incident. 

The suspect was identified as Blake Lundberg (39) of Ft. Scott, KS. Lundberg has been charged with Tampering with a motor vehicle 1st Degree, Resisting arrest by fleeing and creating a substantial risk to the public, and Possession of Controlled substance for the Suspected Methamphetamine he admitted to throwing from the vehicle while being pursued. Lundberg is currently being held on a Capias warrant for his charges. 

"Sheriff Simpson wants to remind citizens to lock your vehicles and personal belongings when they are unattended. Theft crimes are still on the rise and we will do our best to locate your items and return them to you. 

Sheriff wants people to understand as well that we are not always working just one incident at a time, we have multiple investigations that are ongoing and they all need attention. Please help us by securing your belongings."

Chief Deputy 
Justin Ehrsam