Authorities are searching for a 39-year-old man who led officers on a lengthy police pursuit late Thursday afternoon.
Franklin County deputies became involved in the pursuit shortly before 4:30 p.m. when they received information that several Missouri Highway Patrol troopers were in pursuit of the man who fled from a traffic stop.
At one point, a county deputy spotted the vehicle on Rock Bridge Road near Highway M and as he got in pursuit, the suspect drove into a field heading toward Highway AT. A second deputy saw the vehicle leave the field and turn onto Highway AT. The suspect then turned onto Bluebird Lane where he drove through several yards.
After losing sight of the vehicle for a time, a third deputy saw it back on Highway A heading north from Bridgewater Hill Lane, according to the report.
The suspect then drove off Highway M through several yards and into a large field, then back onto Route M where a fourth deputy took up the pursuit.
After turning onto the Old Highway 100 spur, the vehicle traveled down an embankment and through a ditch. Patrol vehicles could not negotiate the terrain and deputies lost sight of the vehicle. Deputies and the patrol troopers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
The Pacific area man is known to officers and is wanted on outstanding felony warrants for failure to appear in court and possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals, Sheriff Gary Toelke said.