According to a press release from McPherson County Sheriff Jerry Montagne, at 6:59 a.m. on Dec. 2, a McPherson County deputy attempted to stop a silver Cadillac Deville, traveling south at a high rate of speed on Interstate 135, near mile marker 59. The suspect failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.
The pursuit went south on Interstate 135 and entered the city of Moundridge, where the suspect vehicle made a U-turn and went north on 22nd Avenue. The vehicle continued driving north until reaching U.S. Highway 56. The vehicle then traveled east on Highway 56 until the driver exited the vehicle near the city of Hillsboro, just south of Highway 56.
The male driver fled the vehicle carrying a handgun and entered into the city limits of Hillsboro. Additional units arrived to assist and a perimeter of the area was established. After a thorough search of the area, the suspect was located and taken into custody.
The suspect has been identified as Jonathan Hurst, 26 of Colorado. he is being held in the McPherson County Jail with pending charges of felony fleeing and eluding, felony interference with a law enforcement officer, transportation of an open container, expired registration, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The investigation is ongoing at this time and the handgun has not been found. Anyone who locates a weapon in the Hillsboro area is asked not to touch the weapon and immediately call law enforcement.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Kansas Highway Patrol, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Moundridge Police Department, Canton Police Department and Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism personnel.