Suspect arrested after pursuit, search on Sat.

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By Shane Farley
July 14, 2013 - 10:15:02 am

Cowley County authorities have arrested an El Dorado man who fled from them early Saturday during an investigation into a motorcycle stolen on N. Summit in Ark City.

Codie Gannon, 27, is facing charges of felony flee and elude, theft, criminal damage to property, reckless driving and having an illegal tag. He was booked into jail and his bond was set at $50,000.

Around 4 a.m., sheriff deputies were alerted that a blue Kawasaki Ninja had been taken and could not be located. Shortly thereafter, officers spotted a motorcycle matching that description being hauled on a trailer behind a Blue SUV.

The SUV was turning north onto U.S. Highway 77 from 222nd Rd. just south of Strother Field.

The driver, later identified as Gannon, did not stop for authorities and a pursuit ensued. Eventually, the vehicle left the roadway, went through a fence and entered a field.

Gannon fled on foot and a local tracking team was called in to help locate him. He was eventually found in the 8000 block of 212th Rd.

Sheriff Don Read said that investigators believe one or two other suspects may have been with Gannon. A search for additional suspects, that lasted well into the morning Saturday, produced no additional arrests.

Read said itís possible others might have fled the scene and then contacted someone by phone for a ride.

Gannon also was wanted in Butler County on a bench warrant. Bond on that warrant is set at $25,000.

Gannonís bond on the Cowley County charges was increased given that he had an existing warrant and was a potential flight risk.

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