On September 30th, 2021 at approximately 1300hrs, the Barton County Sheriff's Office was notified that Crawford County Deputies were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle with a male subject who had felony warrants.
Deputies responded to the area as they entered Missouri and joined the pursuit at 160 Highway and NN Highway. The pursuit lasted for approximately 1hour reaching speeds in excess of 100mph at times. Several times the suspect forced motorist off the roadway. Deputies pursued the vehicle for approximately 37miles, just with in Barton County. The pursuit later ended in a bean field off O Highway in rural Barton County. Deputies were able to take one male and one female in to custody. They were identified as Justin Cochran (29) and Victoria Herring (22) both from Pittsburg Kansas.
Deputies transported both individuals to the Barton County Jail where they were placed on a 24hr hold for investigation. Barton County will be pursuing charges on the Missouri side to include Assault on LEO 2nd Degree, Resisting arrest/ detention/ stop by fleeing and Tampering 1st Degree. Kansas will also be filing charges for the charges that occurred in Kansas.
We also want to apologize to the citizens of Barton County for the reckless driving Justin Cochran demonstrated. Also, the damage he done to citizens yards and fields. There is no place for a person like Justin Cochran in our County and we will do everything within our power to keep people like him from destroying our County.