Kentucky State Police capture wanted Missouri man

A southeast Missouri man is facing multiple charges following an hours long search by Kentucky State Police
Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 12:03 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2023 at 9:30 AM CDT
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MELBER, Ky. (KFVS) - Troopers with Kentucky State Police arrested a wanted Missouri man after an hours-long search in Graves and McCracken County.

Troopers were notified early on Thursday, June 1 that 43-year-old Bryan Ditto was wanted out of Missouri and may had been in the northern Graves County area.

According to KSP, at around 10 a.m., a trooper spotted Ditto’s vehicle along Highway 1820. The vehicle failed to yield to the trooper and fled into a field just inside of McCracken County.

Officers from surrounding agencies gathered in the area west of Melber and began searching acres of farmland as well as several miles of wooded creek beds.

Around 4:30 p.m., troopers were alerted that Ditto was spotted near a home on Highway 1820. After officers arrived, Ditto once again fled and was pursued on foot.

After a brief chase, Ditto was captured and placed under arrest without further incident.

He was charged with fleeing and evading police (motor vehicle), fleeing and evading police (on foot), first-degree criminal mischief, receiving stolen property (vehicle), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ditto was also served with a warrant from Missouri for multiple offenses to include violation of a protective order.

He was taken to the McCracken County Detention Center.