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Vehicle Pursuit Results in Seizure of Gun and Drugs




Public Information Officer:
May 16th, 2020
Capt. Kevin Tieman,
Cass County Sheriff's Office

Vehicle Pursuit Results in Seizure of Gun and Drugs

Around 4:45 pm today deputies with the Cass County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a vehicle on 2 Highway east of Harrisonville. The driver of a blue Chevy truck fled at a high rate of speed through Harrisonville and then north on I-49. Officers with Peculiar Police, Belton Police, Grandview Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted with deploying tire deflation devices as the vehicle traveled north.

The assisting agencies were able to deflate several of the tires and allowed a Criminal Apprehension Unit equipped with a Grappler device to stop the vehicle on I-49 north of 150 Highway.

Two subjects were taken into custody. Deputies discovered suspected narcotics and a stolen firearm in the vehicle. Charges are pending in the case.

"We will continue to arrest dangerous criminals who victimize our community. Today multiple agencies working together on a regional radio system were able to successfully coordinate a response to this pursuit and take two subjects into custody without injury," Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Update: 05-17-20

Charges filed

Today the Cass County Prosecutor charged both subjects arrested on Saturday following a pursuit on I-49.

The driver of the vehicle Eric M. Kolich, 38, Kansas City Kansas, was charged with being a Fugitive Out of State, bond $10,000 Cash Only. Kolich is currently wanted in Johnson County, Kansas on a felony charge of Fleeing LEO Felony Reckless.

The passenger, Justin L. Devault, 34, Kansas City, Kansas, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, bond set at $10,000 Cash Only. The firearm recovered had been reported stolen from a resident in Cass County during 2018.

Both men are currently in custody at the Cass County Jail. Charges related to narcotics are pending results from a state laboratory.

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