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Deputies arrest Columbia fugitive after 31 minute vehicle pursuit across southern Callaway County

Date:  May 29, 2020

PROACTIVE DEPUTY PATROL LEADS TO 31 MINUTE VEHICLE PURSUIT SPANNING HOLTS SUMMIT, WAINWRIGHT, AND TEBBETTS AREA — WANTED FELON ARRESTED

Arrested person information:

Justin Thurston, 37, of Columbia, MO

Narrative: 

On May 29, 2020, at approximately 12:26 PM, a Callaway County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy was conducting proactive patrol in the Holts Summit area.  During the patrol, the deputy spotted an improperly licensed vehicle traveling on South Summit Drive near US Highway 54.  It was also believed the vehicle was occupied by Justin Thurston, 37, of Columbia, MO – a wanted felon with an active Callaway County felony arrest warrant for Distribution of a Controlled Substance (reference a previous CCSO investigation).

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and a 31 minute vehicle pursuit ensued.  The pursuit traveled South Summit Drive, US Highway 54, State Highway 94, County Road 4031, County Road 4021, State Road AA, County Road 4005, County Road 4004, State Road BB, County Road 486, County Road 485, County Road 471, and County Road 440.  Once nearing State Road BB on County Road 440, the vehicle stopped and the driver, identified as Thurston, attempted to flee on foot and was captured by pursuing deputies.

Thurston was subsequently transported to the Callaway County Jail where he is being held without bond, pending later Court bond review / setting.  Thurston was booked/processed for the aforementioned Callaway County felony drug warrant, in addition to probable cause felony Resisting Arrest and traffic offenses.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted with the pursuit, including both local troopers and their aircraft division.

Information as to past and present legal issues involving Thurston may be accessed using the state Court’s public access point – www.courts.mo.gov/casenet.

*** The Callaway County Sheriff and his staff continue to work with other law enforcement agencies and community partners to curb criminal activity throughout the county.   Citizens are reminded they can anonymously report criminal activity to Crimestopper’s at 573-592-2474 or online at www.callawaysheriff.org. ***

End of media release.

** All suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law **