Jackson County Sheriff's Office authorities assisted in a high speed pursuit of a passenger car that originated near 158th and O. Road west of Mayetta at approximately 0221 hours today by a Potawatomi Tribal Police Officer. The pursuit ended north of mile post 217 on US 75 Hwy near Sabetha approximately 45 miles after the pursuit began.
The driver and a passenger were taken into custody at approximately 0254 hours. The pursuit began following the tag being identified as stolen out of Wyandotte County, Kansas. The following agencies were involved in the pursuit and investigation: Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Potawatomi Tribal Police, Brown County Sheriff's Office, Holton Police Department, Sabetha Police Department, Sac and Fox Tribal Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Kickapoo Tribal Police.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office deputies deployed stop sticks in northern Jackson and Southern Brown Counties. The vehicle continued north until it was disabled by Brown County authorities near Sabetha. The driver was identified as John-Michael Lee Devosha 23, of Kansas City, Kansas and the passenger, Latisha Marie Hare 21, of Kansas City, Kansas. A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit assisted in locating a 9 mm loaded handgun that was thrown from the vehicle several miles north of Holton, Kansas.
Devosha who was considered armed and dangerous is wanted by federal authorities including: U.S. Marshal’s and ATF for weapon and drug charges. In addition, Devosha is wanted by numerous Kansas law enforcement agencies.
Local charges and bond for Devosha and Hare are currently pending.
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