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Man arrested after lengthy police chase in Mississippi County

Man arrested after lengthy police chase in Mississippi County

Harlin Van Owens (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office) Harlin Van Owens (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office)

A seven hour manhunt in Mississippi County ended with an arrest on Wednesday night.

Harlin Van Owens, 23, of East Prairie, was charged with attempted assault on a law enforcement officer in the second degree, driving while revoked, first degree property damage, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and resisting arrest by fleeing.

According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, the incident began on Wednesday afternoon when dispatch was told East Prairie police officers had just stopped a vehicle chase involving Owens.

Deputies, aware that Owens had an active parole warrant and several outstanding felony warrants, responded to the area to find Owens and his vehicle.

Sheriff Moore said a chief deputy saw Owens' vehicle on the levee road near Belmont and pulled it over. He said Owens stopped briefly, but then took off, speeding, onto County Road 507.

Sheriff Moore said when he joined the chase near Wolf Island, Owens turned and drove through a planted field before returning to a county road. From there, he said the chase continued to County Road 520, near Johnson's Blue Hole.

The chase ended, according to the chief deputy's report, when Owens suddenly stopped in the road, causing one of the county patrol cars to hit the back of his vehicle. The report said Owens then ran into a dense forest.

Mississippi County sheriff's deputies coordinated with the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department to form a perimeter along the levee.

After an unsuccessful ground search by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's canine unit did not locate Owens, Sheriff Moore said he requested assistance from an area helicopter pilot.

He said the helicopter pilot provided aerial surveillance, which was credited with helping keep Owens to the original search area.

As night fell, Sheriff Moore said he and the deputies entered the woods and found tracks, which led them to an area where Owens believed to be hiding.

As deputies secured the area, Sheriff Moore said he found Owens hiding in a tree, deep in the woods.

Owens was arrested and taken to the Mississippi County Detention Center. He is being held without bond.

Following his arrest, Owens was also charged with delivery of dangerous items to a county jail.

Sheriff Moore would like to thank Milas Wallace, the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the helicopter pilot for their assistance.

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