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Police pursuit from Vandalia to Curryville leads to apprehension of felony fugitive, Willy Sitton, thanks to quick thinking of Audrain County Sheriff deputy

Posted on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 10:24 am

On May 28 at about 3:49 a.m., a member of the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office on Vandalia city duty reported observing a vehicle being operated in Vandalia by Willy Sitton.
The deputy said he recognized Sitton and knew he had active felony warrants for his arrest out of Pike County, and other warrants issued by the Missouri Department of Corrections for parole violations.  Sitton had been previously convicted of first-degree manslaughter and armed criminal action, and had been paroled from prison, according to the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department, and he subsequently violated his parole.
The deputy says he attempted to stop Sitton, who then fled, driving from Vandalia into Pike County, eventually abandoning his vehicle, and fleeing on foot into a field near Curryville.
Once out of the county, not being familiar with the area, members of Audrain County Joint Communications monitored the deputy’s vehicle mounted GPS unit during the pursuit and guided Pike County units to the incident.  The deputies were able to safely take Sitton into custody.
Sitton was transported to the Audrain County Jail and remains jailed for the parole violation warrant, and active warrants issued by Pike County for unlawful use of a weapon, domestic assault and harassment.
New charges will be sought in Audrain County for resisting arrest by fleeing (substantial risk of injury or death), displayed plates of another, exceeding the posted speed limit, failure to yield to emergency vehicles, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway, failure to stop at stop sign(s) and careless and imprudent driving.
The sheriff thanked thank the  Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Audrain County Joint Communications for their support and assistance.