Keokuk Man Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit Crossed State Lines


The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a vehicle pursuit that crossed state lines earlier this month.

According to multiple reports, on April 9, a high-speed chase began on Highway 61 in Keokuk after Jerry Myer Caviness of Keokuk refused to pull over his car. It was discovered that Caviness had multiple active warrants. A Lee County Deputy reported speeds exceeded 100 mph.

The chase continued to Highway 218, Highway 27, Highway 81, and various country roads in Missouri. Reports say Caviness hit a deer during the pursuit but was still able to stay on the road and continue driving.

According to scanner traffic, a Van Buren County Deputy laid out stop sticks and successfully deflated the front tires of Caviness’ vehicle. However, Caviness resumed driving until the car was running on its front rims.

The chase finally ended on Highway 81, four miles north of Kohoka, Missouri in Clark County. Caviness was arrested by Clark County officials.

Caviness was charged with the following in Clark County:

  • – Resisting arrest for a felony and escape from custody while being arrested for a felony
  • – Tampering with a motor vehicle 1st degree.
  • – Assault 2nd degree-special victim
  • – Possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine
  • – Resisting arrest by fleeing-creating a substantial risk of serious/death to any person
  • – Operating a motor vehicle on highway without a valid license 2nd offense
  • – Fail to yield to an emergency vehicle sounding siren and displaying red and blue lights
  • – Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia-prior drug offense
  • – Exceeded posted speed limit by more than 26 miles per hour or more
  • – Operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner
  • – Failure to drive on right half of roadway when roadway was of sufficient width causing an immediate threat of accident

Caviness is currently in the Clark County Jail. According to court records, Caviness was denied bond on April 21.

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