An early morning pursuit in Washington County on Friday ended with two men being arrested.

Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said one of his deputies tried to stop a vehicle because one of the occupants was wanted on several outstanding warrants.

“He was also wanted in connection with, maybe, a stolen vehicle or two,” said Jacobsen. “The deputy attempted to stop the car and the vehicle failed to yield. The car chase started on Highway 8 just west of town and they traveled eastbound and came near the city limits.”

Jacobsen said they turned onto Highway 185 going northbound to Gun Club Road.

“They came to a stop on a private drive in the Gun Club area where two of the three people in the vehicle bailed out on foot and fled,” said Jacobsen. “I had responded to the area and took one into custody and the deputy that was in the chase took the other one into custody.”

Jacobsen said both men, Jeremy Leuchtmann, 38, of Potosi, and Matthew Brian King, 43, of rural Washington County, had outstanding felony warrants for their arrest and both are being held in the county jail at this point.

“No one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, with the exception of the suspect’s vehicle, which received some minor cosmetic damage,” Jacobsen said. “That was from the rough terrain they tried to drive the car through.”

He added the third person was the owner of the vehicle, but was not driving. She was not arrested or detained. She stayed with the vehicle and was cooperating through the investigation.

Jacobsen said he believes they will be presenting the case to the prosecutor’s office for charges of fleeing, failure to yield and some other traffic offenses.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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