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story.lead_photo.caption Matthew Scovell

A man from Corder has been sentenced to seven years in prison in connection with a pursuit with authorities in multiple counties in Central Missouri in September.

Matthew Scovell, 41, pleaded guilty during a hearing before Moniteau County Judge Aaron Koeppen to delivery of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison, to run concurrent with any other sentences against him.

Moniteau County deputies were notified by the Cole County Sheriff's Department they were pursuing a vehicle on Route C heading toward Moniteau County, and they had terminated the pursuit at the county line, according to a news release from Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley.

Moniteau County deputies located the suspect — later identified as Scovell — traveling north on Missouri 87 near Gamble Road at a high speed. Deputies got behind Scovell's vehicle and re-initiated the pursuit.

Scovell traveled into California then continued to flee north on Route O into Cooper County, where he turned and headed west on Route J.

The Missouri Highway Patrol deployed spike strips, which Scovell managed to avoid.

The pursuit continued on Route J to Missouri 5, where Scovell turned north and headed toward Boonville.

Deputies continued the pursuit until Scovell was forced to stop near the junction of Missouri 5 and Interstate 70 at the Love's Truck Stop, where the Boonville Police Department had set up spike strips. Scovell was then arrested by Moniteau County deputies.

During the pursuit, deputies observed Scovell throwing items out of the vehicle, which were later recovered and tested positive for methamphetamine.

Scovell also had several felony warrants out for his arrest and had a parole violation no-bond warrant.

Several fake $100 bills were also recovered from Scovell at the time of his arrest, along with packaging materials commonly used to distribute drugs.

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