COFFEYVILLE — Montgomery County law enforcement arrested a Dearing man Thursday after a high speed chase.
Montgomery County Sheriff Ron Wade said deputies spotted Jasper Hedges of Dearing on Woodlane Avenue in Coffeyville shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday. Knowing that Hedges was wanted in Crawford County on a felony warrant for aggravated assault and criminal threat, deputies attempted to stop him.
Hedges failed to stop and sped off in a vehicle. He traveled westbound on Woodland Avenue, which turns into County Road 2000. On that road, Hedges was clocked at 90 mph.
Hedges traveled through Dearing and turned north on County Road 3900, also known as 10th Street Road.
The chase continued on County Road 2800, and Hedges led deputies through the Jefferson community and then into the county again before his vehicle became disabled. Hedges left his vehicle and ran north through a wooded area on the north side of County Road 2000.
Deputies chased Hedges, who jumped into Onion Creek and started swimming to avoid deputies. Deputies convinced Hedges to get out of the creek. He was arrested.
The outside temperature was 37 degrees, so deputies asked the Coffeyville ambulance service to respond and evaluate Hedges for potential hypothermia. Hedges was wrapped in blankets and taken to the Montgomery County Department of Corrections, where he was booked for felony fleeing and eluding and felony interference with law enforcement.
“I want to commend my deputies for the great job they did in this vehicle pursuit,” Wade said. “My deputies were vigilant by recognizing a felony suspect and waited to attempt to stop him outside of the city of Coffeyville, where he had just left the school zone. I am thankful no one was injured during the pursuit. My deputies did a great job talking to Hedges while he was in the creek and getting him to surrender before he became ill from the extreme cold water."