Stolen School Van Recovered Following Pursuit in Cass County

SHERIFF CASS COUNTY BADGE

Around 2:50 am Monday, July 12th, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle driving erratically on I-49 south of Harrisonville. The caller stated that the vehicle had followed them to a business on 291 Highway north of Harrisonville and was driving around the area.

The deputy located the vehicle at the intersection of E. 231st and 291 Highway. The deputy followed the vehicle, a white Ford van, for a short distance and attempted to stop the vehicle near E. 163rd. The driver then accelerated and continued northbound on 291 Highway. Near the Jackson County line, the driver drove north into the southbound lanes of the divided highway. The driver then continued back south into Cass County near Ward Road and E. 160th.

Officers with the Lee’s Summit Police Department were about to successfully deploy a tire deflation device and stop the vehicle. The driver fled on foot from the van and taken into custody immediately without further incident.

The van had been reported stolen from the Blue Valley School District around 12:30 am.

The driver, Orville D. Lund III, 34, Lake Annette, MO was arrested and transported to the Cass County Jail.

The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Orville Lund with Tampering with Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree and Resisting Arrest by Fleeing. Bond is set at $7,500 Cash Only. Lund is currently in custody at the Cass County Jail.

The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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