Kansas man arrested after multi-state pursuit

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom

A Kansas man is facing several charges after leading authorities on a high-speed chase throughout Kansas and Nebraska.

Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jefferson County Communications was notified of a motor vehicle pursuit that was coming into Jefferson County. The vehicle, a silver Monte Carlo with Kansas plates, had been pursued in Kansas by multiple agencies. The initial pursuit started in Mitchell County.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies spotted the vehicle Southwest of Fairbury on Highway 8 and attempted to deploy tire deflation systems. According to the sheriff, the vehicle passed the deputies and continued east on Highway 8, traveling at a speed of more than 100 mph.

Authorities said an officer with the Fairbury Police Department and a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol deployed tire deflation systems at the south edge of Fairbury.  After the vehicle hit one of the devices, it came to a stop in the 900 block of K Street in Fairbury. 

The driver of the vehicle, 37-year-old Justin Sutterlin of Marysville, fled on foot. Authorities caught up with him two blocks away. The sheriff said Sutterlin resisted arrest and was tased by a deputy. He was then taken into custody. 

A female passenger in the vehicle was detained but later released.  As the investigation continued, authorities discovered Sutterlin was responsible for a burglary in Kansas.

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.  Numerous items were recovered from the vehicle that are believed to have come from the Kansas burglary. 

Sutterlin also has felony warrants from Kansas and is being held on those charges, as well.  Local charges include felony flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, resisting arrest and fugitive from justice.