JOPLIN, Mo. — At least two vehicles were totaled Friday afternoon (4/15) in Joplin during a high-speed pursuit with a stolen Jeep.

The chase started in Newton County, when deputies began to pursue a 1997 Jeep Wrangler, recently stolen out of Jasper County.

As the suspect in the stolen vehicle lead police northbound on Schifferdecker Avenue, he speed through the intersection of 20th and Schifferdecker, causing at least two vehicles to crash; one of those involved in the wreck was a Newton County Sheriff’s SUV.

At least one person involved in the crash was taken to a Joplin hospital with unknown injuries.

The condition of the Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy who was involved in that crash, is also unknown.

After the accident, law enforcement continued their pursuit of the stolen Jeep, as the driver traveled north on Schifferdecker.

A Deputy with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect abandoned the Jeep Wrangler near J&D Offroad Park, located at Schifferdecker Avenue and Zora Street, and then took off on foot through a wooded area.

Around 4:30 p.m., law enforcement officers located the suspect near West Zora Street and Pleasant View Lane; not far from where he left the stolen Jeep.

The man was arrested and taken into custody.


In the slideshow below, you’ll find photos taken from different locations during the high-speed pursuit of a stolen Jeep Wrangler, and subsequent search for the suspected driver.

Preston Starks, the owner of the Jeep Wrangler, said it was around 7:30 a.m. Friday when he noticed that the vehicle had been stolen from his residence, located near Black Cat Road and Fountain Lane.

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers and Officers with the Joplin Police Department all assisted in the pursuit and apprehension of the male suspect.

Authorities say that suspect now faces charges in Newton County, Jasper County and Joplin.

This story continues to develop, as authorities conduct their investigation. We will provide you with more information, here on, when it becomes available.