Extended vehicle test drive leads to manhunt
A nearly three-hour manhunt in eastern Kirksville was called off just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Numerous law enforcement officers were looking for the suspect on the ground and from the air.
It all started with a test drive earlier Tuesday afternoon.
Police said a Kirksville man took an SUV from Cornerstone Cars on East Illinois Street in Kirksville for a test drive.
He didn't return the vehicle for two-and-a-half hours.
In the meantime, the dealership owner told KTVO he had called police to find out who the man was by having a dispatcher run the license plate on the truck he had driven to the car lot.
The dispatcher sent an officer to investigate.
A Kirksville officer was at Cornerstone Cars when the suspect finally returned the SUV around 2:15 p.m.
The manhunt started a short time later.
Police on the scene said the suspect was wanted for driving while revoked.
The dealership owner told us the man and police officer got into a somewhat heated verbal exchange.
Next thing he knew, the suspect jumped across the SUV's console, got out of the passenger-side door and took off on foot headed northeast.
Law enforcement set up a perimeter along Highway 63 and on Steer Creek Way, which runs north of the NEMO Fairgrounds.
Officers called in help from the Missouri State Highway Patrol's K-9 Unit and Adair County Sheriff's Office.
A resident of Eastern Village Trailer Court near the car lot told KTVO he saw the wanted man run through the trailer court headed eastward.
The highway patrol's chopper was eventually called in to search from the sky.
The suspect remains at large.
Police are not telling us the man's name just yet.
They said in addition to the driving while revoked charge, he is now wanted for resisting arrest, fleeing and possibly more charges.
A manhunt is underway in eastern Kirksville right now.
It all started around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday when the suspect took an SUV for a test drive and didnâ??t return for two-and-a-half hours.
Kirksville police were waiting at Cornerstone Cars on East Illinois Street when the Kirksville man finally returned the SUV.
Police say the suspect was wanted for driving while revoked.
The dealership owner told KTVO the man and police officer got into a heated verbal exchange. Next thing he knew, the suspect jumped across the SUVâ??s console, got out of the passenger-side door and took off on foot.
Kirksville police, the Adair County Sheriffâ??s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol are helping in the search.