Two men are in custody following a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 70 Monday afternoon.

Two men are in custody following a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 70 Monday afternoon.

An Independence officer stopped behind a Ford F-350 truck on I-70 near the Little Blue Parkway exit ramp at about 2:25 p.m. Monday. The truck was sitting behind another vehicle that had been parked alongside the road, apparently for a long time, according to police.

The officer noticed a driver and passenger, and one of the men was outside the truck when the officer pulled up. Once the men were inside, the driver pulled the truck into the eastbound lane at a slow speed, disrupting traffic and causing one vehicle to swerve to avoid a collision.

The officer flipped on his lights and pursued the truck, which did not stop as it sped away.

Crossing into Lafayette County, the driver drove the truck into a muddy field and became stuck, according to police. Both men eventually exited the truck. The driver was placed under arrest, while the passenger escaped on foot. He was eventually apprehended by Higginsville police.

Police discovered that the truck they had been driving had been reported stolen in Kansas City on Nov. 24. The driver had an active warrant from Kansas City for payable contempt and a pickup order out of Independence for tampering. The passenger had two active warrants from Independence for failure to appear.

Police discovered what appeared to be marijuana and methamphetamine inside the truck, as well as tools they were using to remove catalytic convertors from vehicles.

The men, whose names have not been released, face several charges in Lafayette County, Independence and Kansas City.