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Two arrested after pursuit in Crawford County

Two people, including a man with active felony warrants, were arrested in Crawford County after a police pursuit. Read the full press release below:

On the morning of Sunday, September 13, 2020, at approximately 0642 hours, a Deputy on
routine patrol witnessed a vehicle stopped in the roadway in the area of 250th
Street and 570 Ave. All of the occupants were out of the vehicle. The occupants
got into the vehicle and proceeded to leave the area. The deputy attempted to
initiate a traffic stop, the driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, a passenger in the vehicle jumped from the moving vehicle and was seen
running in the area east of Free King Hwy and K-126 Hwy. The pursuit continued
and ended a short time later at the intersection of Free King Hwy and K-126 Hwy.

The female driver identified as 20-year-old Elissa Sturgell was arrested for felony fleeing
and eluding. The other passenger was questioned and released. The subject that
jumped from the vehicle was identified as 35-year-old Justin Collins. It was
confirmed that Collins had active felony warrants out of Kansas and Missouri.
Drones were deployed to assist in locating Collins. Kansas Highway Patrol
(KHP) air assets were also in the area and assisted in searching for Collins.

During Collins’ attempt to elude law enforcement, he stole two bicycles and attempted
to steal an ATV from nearby homes. Later that afternoon, Collins knocked on
the door of a residence, the owner immediately called the Sheriff’s Office. With help from citizens in the neighborhood, law enforcement officers who were nearby responded and eventually located Collins hiding under a house. Collins was arrested and transported to Via Christi for medical evaluation. Collins was
treated and released this morning and is currently being held at the Crawford County Jail.

Both arrestees are presumed innocent unless and until the allegations
against them are proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Pittsburg Police and KHP responded and assisted with the incident.

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