The Audrain County Sheriff's Department reported Tanner Spurlock was taken into custody Aug. 24 in Ralls County.
The fleet-footed suspect initially alluded law enforcement in Audrain County. Authorities had encouraged nearby residents to lock their doors and keep car keys inside in case the suspect attempted to steal a vehicle and escape the area.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper attempted to initiate a vehicle stop just after 9:30 p.m. near Audrain Road 214 and Route E in the rural Thompson and Centralia area. The vehicle fled and crashed into a ditch at the intersection of Audrain Roads 214 and 217, just west of the Northcutt Wildlife Area.
The driver then fled on foot into a thickly wooded area. Authorities said a search aircraft was deployed to the area within 45 minutes, and a canine unit tracked the suspect’s scent for about a mile before the trail was lost at a crossroads.
The driver was identified as Spurlock, of Paris. Spurlock has been involved in numerous pursuits with law enforcement in the recent past. A warrant for his arrest was issued July 25 after he failed to appear in court on charges of stealing $750 or more. Additional charges will be sought for this incident.
The Audrain County Sheriff's Department said an individual who was also in the vehicle had been released and could have returned to the scene to retrieve the suspect.
Authorities asked residents in the area to be vigilant, lock doors and remove keys from vehicles. Authorities requested anyone with information regarding Spurlock's location to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-392-TIPS.