The suspect of a weeklong crime wave has been apprehended by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and is now in jail.
Chad Lange, 38, of Dixon, was arrested at a hotel in Rolla late Friday night, April 26, by sheriff’s deputies from Pulaski County, along with officers from the Rolla Police Department, according to a press release from Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long.
Lange was then taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries that were sustained prior to being caught. He was released from the hospital after a few hours and was placed in the Pulaski County Jail, awaiting legal proceedings.
Lange was initially sought by authorities after felony arrest warrants were issued against him for the offenses of auto theft and burglary. Lange was named as a perpetrator in numerous car thefts and burglaries in the Dixon area recently.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department committed a large number of full-time and reserve deputies to locate and apprehend Lange. A manhunt began early Thursday evening, April 25, and led law enforcement officials on a countywide search in Pulaski County.
Efforts to apprehend Lange intensified after several pursuits with law enforcement, along with Lange being accused of a growing number of crimes.
Thursday evening, the search intensified when the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department discovered Lange hiding out in the 15000 Block of Cave Road, just south of Dixon.
A car chase ensued, in which Lange was driving a stolen pickup truck. During the pursuit, Lange, demonstrating a willful disregard for life and property, operated the vehicle in an extremely dangerous manner, Long said.
Lange was able to elude law enforcement officials after crashing through a farm gate and driving his four-wheel-drive vehicle up a dilapidated logging trail. The stolen vehicle was later discovered by officers in Lebanon.
Later sightings by area residents, along with information developed by authorities, led law enforcement officials to the Crocker area.
The search for Lange was discontinued in the early morning hours of April 26 after all leads had diminished. Lange was eventually arrested in Rolla.
According to Long, in addition to his warrants for auto theft and burglary, charges are being sought for numerous other felony and misdemeanor crimes Lange is suspected of committing throughout Pulaski and Laclede counties.
This investigation also led deputies to other individuals who will have criminal charges filed against them.
Long thanked the community for their assistance in helping locate and apprehend Lange. He also noted that the pursuit of Lange was a multi-agency endeavor, in which every law enforcement agency in Pulaski County assisted in, including Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and the patrol’s helicopter.