Police & Courts

Two Bowling Green residents arrested after a pursuit

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Aug. 15, 2019 10:50 pm

BOWLING GREEN, Mo. -- Two Bowling Green men were arrested Wednesday after a lengthy pursuit through three counties in connection with a Pike County residential burglary.

Cole R. Couch, 23, was charged with second-degree burglary, stealing and resisting arrest by fleeing creating a substantial risk of injury or death to a person. He also faces misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner and exceeding the posting speed limit.

Dylan A. Blair, 19, was charged with second-degree burglary, stealing and resisting arrest by fleeing creating a substantial risk of injury or death to a person.

The Pike County Sheriff's Department said it received a citizen complaint that a vehicle that had been involved in a burglary was spotted near the Bowling Green Reservoir. In investigating the incident, the Sheriff's Department said it found the vehicle and attempted to stop it.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Couch, reportedly failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit through Pike, Ralls and Audrain counties before running into a bean field on Mo. 19 and U.S. 54 in Audrain County.

With the assistance of a helicopter from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Sheriff's Department said deputies found Couch and the passenger, who was identified as Blair.

Both are being held in the Pike County Jail on no bond.

Also assisting were the Ralls County Sheriff's Department, the Audrain County Sheriff's Department, and the Perry Police Department.

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