Sex offender leads car chase

A 35-year-old Freeburg man was arrested by Osage County Sheriff's Department authorities on Monday.

According to Chief Deputy Rob Relford, Kenneth Ketcherside -- who has a suspended Missouri State driverâ??s license -- was seen by Detective Gary Storey driving a 2002 green Ford Focus.

When Storey attempted to pull Ketcherside over, he fled north on Highway 63.

Ketcherside was taken into custody after leading authorities from the Osage County Sheriffâ??s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in a pursuit that ended when Ketcherside wrecked his car on Osage County road 521.

A subsequent investigation by Storey revealed that Ketcherside, who is a convicted sex offender, had failed to register with local authorities as required by law.

Failing to register as a convicted sex offender in Missouri is a Class C involving a child under the age of 14.

Further charges are pending regarding Ketchersideâ??s residence being within a 1000 feet of a school or daycare center, which is a Class A Misdemeanor in Missouri.

Ketcherside is currently being held in the Osage County Jail pending the filing of formal charges.