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Explosives Found in Vehicle Following Pursuit

Public Information Officer:
January 20th, 2022
Major Kevin Tieman,
Cass County Sheriff’s Office

Around 7:30 pm Thursday, a Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a driver of a red 1988 Chevy S10 truck for a traffic violation in the area of 7 Highway and S. Walker Rd. near Harrisonville. The driver refused to stop and sped away. Deputies continued pursuing the vehicle for nearly 20 minutes on numerous gravel roads in the Garden City and Dayton area before the driver lost control and crashed.

The driver, Vance G. Gayle, 57, Blairstown, MO was taken into custody.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered suspected narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Deputies also located explosives consistent with dynamite. The Lee’s Summit Police Department Explosives and Ordinance Disposal Team was contacted to respond to the scene. Lee’s Summit Police EOD members detonated the items on scene due to the potential hazard of transporting the objects.

The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Vance Gayle with Class D Felony, Unlawful Possession, Transport, Manufacture of Illegal Weapon and Class E Felony, Resisting Arrest By Fleeing Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death.

Vance Gayle in currently in custody at the Cass County Jail. His bond has been set at $5,000 10 % Cash Only.

“Every day that our deputies go to work they encounter a variety of unknown circumstances. This is an example of how a seemingly routine stop for a traffic violation exposed a dangerous, convicted felon, fleeing deputies and putting our community in danger. Thanks to the good work of law enforcement no one was injured and this person is in jail,” Sheriff Jeff Weber.

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