On Friday (Jan 12), Moniteau County deputies responded to a residence on Highway O in Cooper County to assist Cooper Co. authorities with an investigation of a stolen truck.

According to a press release from the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department, shortly after leaving the residence, deputies spotted a truck that matched the description of a stolen vehicle out of Saline County, and attempted to stop it.

The truck fled from deputies into Cooper County on Highway O, towards a creek at the end of Baines Lane, then into the woods. A woman was taken into custody near the vehicle, while one man, identified as 20-year old Preston James Cash, of Eldon, MO, continued to flee.

Cash had been reported as armed with a handgun. He continued into the woods.

Deputies with Cooper County, Moniteau County, troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and then Tipton Police Department set up a perimeter around the wooded area and conducted a search.

Deputies called the MSHP Air Unit to assist in locating Preston Cash.

Authorities were not able to locate Cash and called off the search due to low visibility.

The vehicle was recovered and confirmed to be stolen out of Saline County.

Early Saturday morning (Jan 13), Cooper County deputies received a report from a home owner, located on Oakland Church Road, that a man was beating on the door and attempting to gain entry. The description of the suspect matched the description of Preston Cash. Before authorities arrived, Cash had reportedly stolen a vehicle from that residence as well, and fled the area.

Moniteau County deputies then began patrolling secondary roads in the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle.

A short time later, a deputy noticed the stolen vehicle heading towards Jamestown, MO, and attempted to stop it. The vehicle then fled and a chase ensued. The suspect reportedly ran through several yards and fences before coming to a stop. The deputy approached the vehicle and attempted to take Cash into custody. However, Cash fled again and rammed the deputy's patrol vehicle in the driver's side door.

Cash fled in the stolen vehicle out of Jamestown on Highway 87, with the deputy back in pursuit.

Cash then turned the vehicle into a farm north of Jamestown, and drove into a field where the vehicle came to a stop.

The deputy exited the patrol vehicle and broke the driver's side window out, as Cash reportedly reached for something in the backseat. The deputy deployed a taser and pepper spray, then pulled Cash out the vehicle, arrested him, and took him to the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies reportedly located a handgun in the suspect vehicle.

Cash was wanted for questioning related to several thefts that had occurred in Morgan, Moniteau, and Cooper Counties. He was also wanted for questioning for stolen vehicles out of Cooper and Saline Counties, including a stolen credit card from Tipton.

The press release notes that Cash also faces several additional charges in Moniteau County for property damage, assault on law enforcement, possession of a stolen vehicle, and failure to yield.

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