Nevada man wanted after stolen vehicle pursuit ends in fire

VERNON COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities search for a Nevada resident suspected of leading a police chase in a stolen vehicle.

On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office got warrants for Joshua Hallam, 38, for resisting arrest and driving while revoked.

On March 1, 2021, law enforcement took a report of a stolen two-tone Chevy Suburban out of Nevada. Deputies later saw the vehicle and tried to make a traffic stop.

“They spotted the vehicle leaving a gas station in Nevada and when they attempted to stop it, it ran from deputies,” said Mosher.

According to the press release, deputies pursued the vehicle into the county southeast of Nevada. Additional units responded to assist. They followed the suspect down Veterans road southeast of Nevada until it came to a dead-end.

Authorities say the vehicle then continued to drive through a field and into the woods where it hit a tree and caught on fire. Hallam then fled on foot from deputies, but due to the vehicle fire, deputies stayed behind.

Authorities are now searching for Hallam and ask that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts contact the Sheriff’s Office at 417-667-6042.