Sturm Arrested Following Pursuit and Manhunt

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On September 8, 2015, at approximately 1255 hours, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Shawn Webster, attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2001, White Chevrolet Impala, when he identified the driver as Jesse J. Sturm, age 26, of Kahoka, Missouri, who had an active felony arrest warrant.

Mr. Sturm refused to pull over and a pursuit began, traveling out of Kahoka, in a direction to the southwest, reaching speeds over 100 mph. During the pursuit, Mr. Sturm placed several officers, a female passenger and the public in a high level of danger.

The vehicle pursuit ended, when Mr. Sturm’s vehicle, struck a BNSF railroad truck and crew head on, on a wooden bridge, which is atop a railroad track, just east of Wyaconda, Missouri. Mr. Sturm exited the vehicle on foot and ran into the woods and fields, traveling eastward.

After a collective effort by responding agencies, to surround and confine Mr. Sturm to a manageable area, he was taken into custody at approximately 1730 hours and transported to the Clark County Detention Center, where he is being held on the Probation/Parole felony warrant and is pending new charges.

BNSF workers were not injured and the female passenger was evaluated for minor injuries, but refused medical treatment.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Conservation Department, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Kahoka Police Department and a few concerned citizens, aided the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, in its effort to apprehend Mr. Sturm and I would like to extend my appreciation; “It was a real team effort”.