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Drug suspect who gave cops the slip captured in Gasconade County

Multiple law enforcement agencies were searching for a man who fled from custody into the woods near the Osage River on Osage County Road 501.{ }{ }

A federal drug suspect who fled from police while being taken into custody in the Osage County Courthouse Wednesday morning is back in custody after leading officers on a high-speed chase and eluding them in the woods near the Osage River.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved Wednesday morning in a foot search for Stephen Brandon of Bland, who fled from authorities in the Osage County Courthouse at about 9:00 a.m. and led them on a high-speed car chase and a manhunt near the Osage River.

Osage County Sheriff Mike Bonham said that Stephen Brandon, who lives near Bland in Osage County, was being taken into custody in the courthouse in Linn Wednesday morning regarding an original charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The sheriff said that as Brandon was being taken into custody, he bolted from officers. A vehicle pursuit ensued down westbound highway 50 toward Jefferson City at which point Brandon got onto county road 501 east of the Osage River and fled his vehicle.

A helicopter was called in from the State Highway Patrol, dogs from the Jefferson City Police Department, and the Moniteau and Maries County Sheriff's Departments were being used, and deputies from multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the search.

At one point, officers were speaking to Brandon through a megaphone in an effort to get him to surrender.

At about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, Bonham said investigators no longer believed Brandon was in Osage County. He was found a short time later in Gasconade County near Owensville, where he turned himself in to Owensville Police Department. He is now in the custody of the Osage County Sheriff's Office.


Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect the fact that investigators took Brandon into custody in Gasconade County.


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