Wanted man in custody after chase on I-55, search in Perry Co., MO

Wanted man in custody after chase on I-55, search in Perry Co., MO

PERRY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau, Missouri man is in custody after leading officers on a chase on I-55, followed by a search through Perry County, Missouri for more than a day.

Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said 27-year-old Cody Gustin was caught on Tuesday afternoon near Rocky Lane, off of PCR 816. He said he was not armed.

Throughout Monday and Tuesday, the search area for Gustin included PCR 816, PCR 818, PCR 819, Rocky Lane and Hurricane Ave.

Residents in the areas were asked to keep all buildings and vehicles secured.

According to Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf, deputies set up and tried to stop Gustin on I-55 at Exit 135 after learning he was wanted on Monday.

Gustin was wanted on state drug-related charges and is possibly armed. The sheriff's office confirmed Gustin had tattoos down both arms and on his chest.

He was described as 6-foot 1-inch tall and around 150 pounds.

The sheriff said Gustin refused to stop and led officers out to Highway T, to Highway N and then approximately 1 mile down PCR 819 where he ditched the vehicle he was driving and ran.

He was sentenced to 7 years behind bars in 2012 for a stabbing. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second degree assault.

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