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East Prairie man accused of leading officers on high-speed chase

Harlin Van Owens (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Harlin Van Owens (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Mississippi County, Missouri man was arrested on Monday evening after a high-speed chase in East Prairie and throughout the county.

Harlin Van Owens, 23, of East Prairie, was charged with resisting arrest by fleeing in a motor vehicle, creating a substantial risk of serious injury to others.

The Mississippi County Sheriff's Department said Owens faces additional charges of driving while revoked/suspended, failure to register a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, careless and imprudent driving and displaying license plates of another.

According to Sheriff Keith Moore, the incident began on Monday evening when a deputy saw a white van speeding out of town with an East Prairie Police Department vehicle following close behind with their emergency lights on.

The deputy contacted dispatch and learned the city officer was chasing Owens.

The deputy joined the chase and followed Owens' vehicle east on State Highway 80 at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour until they reached the frontline levee.

As Owens sped down the levee road, Sheriff Moore said the deputy went down a parallel county road until both reached the access road, which took Owens to State Highway 77.

After passing by the deputy's vehicle, Owens reportedly pulled his vehicle over and stopped.

At that time, Sheriff Moore said Owens was arrested and taken to the Mississippi County Detention Center.

His bond was set at $25,000.

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