Deputy chases, catches fugitive in Maries County

A Maries County deputy chased and captured a fugitive wanted on various illegal drug charges in Missouri on Friday evening.

“I have to commend Cpl. Jason Comstock for this arrest," stated Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman.

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Provided by Maries County Sheriff

Joshua R. Evans

The suspect -- Joshua R. Evans, 27, of Cuba -- was caught after he ran away during a traffic stop on Missouri 42 near Missouri 133.

Comstock was reportedly arresting one person after finding suspected illegal drugs when Evans fled from the vehicle on foot. Comstock chased Evans into the woods, where the deputy used a Taser to subdue him.

The sheriff's department reports Evans is on Crawford County's most wanted list and has 11 outstanding warrants. He has been a fugitive for two years.

Authorities say Evans is wanted on several charges: felony possession of opium in St. Louis County with a $7,500 bond; failure to appear on felony manufacture of methamphetamine in Crawford County with a $4,800 bond; failure to appear on felony manufacture of controlled substances in Crawford County with a bond of $11,000; felony manufacture of controlled substances in Crawford County with a bond of $25,000; two counts of felony property damage in Crawford County with no bond; two counts of failure to appear on traffic violations in Wentzville with $300 cash only bond; and three counts of contempt of court for fraud in Eureka.

After his capture Friday, Evans was taken by ambulance to a local hospital because he claimed to have swallowed methamphetamine, heroin and Xanax.

Evans will face new felony charges for resisting arrest and drug violations in Maries County. He will remain in the Maries County Jail.

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