Authorities from Linn, Bates counties capture suspect

Updated: Jul 7

LA CYGNE – A routine traffic stop in La Cygne on Sunday, April 10, turned into a chase of a suspect across the Missouri state line and resulted in the arrest of an Amoret, Mo., man.

Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend said that a deputy attempted to pull over the car that 31-year-old Dallas Horn was driving because it had an expired tag.

However, the driver “took off like a rocket,” Friend said, adding that the car immediately struck the railroad tracks, blowing out a rear passenger tire. The car headed east on Kansas Highway 152 with the deputy in pursuit, then turned south on a gravel road near the La Cygne Generating Station about a mile west of the state line.

Heading south, the driver lost control of the car and it went into a ditch on the side of the road, Friend said. The deputy pulled up behind the car, but as he did so, the car backed up and hit the deputy’s patrol car.

The driver of the car, still with only three tires, crossed the state line into Bates County, and after a couple of miles the Linn County deputy broke off the chase, the sheriff said.

By this time the Linn County Sheriff’s Office had made contact with the Bates County Sheriff’s Office, giving that department the license plate number and description of the car. The Bates County department pulled in extra deputies to locate the suspect.

Accompanied by deputies from Linn County, Bates County deputies, asked residents of the duplex they found the vehicle behind if they could search the premises, and were given permission. A Bates County deputy found Horn hiding in a bathtub in one of the units.

The Bates County deputy who found the suspect in the bathtub is 7 foot 2 inches. Friend said the suspect was more than cooperative once he was found, and the size of the arresting deputy was likely a factor.

Bates County deputies also took Horn’s mother into custody for allegedly interfering with the search, Friend said.

A no-bond arrest warrant was sworn out in Linn County, charging Horn with alleged interference with the judicial process, aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, and fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer by reckless driving.

Horn is expected to be extradited back to Linn County.

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