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1:03 PM Sun, Feb. 17th

Search continues for fugitive in Hualapais

A manhunt for an armed 34-year-old Missouri man continued Friday morning in the rugged foothills of the Hualapai Mountains southeast of Kingman.

Ronald Gene Ferguson was initially stopped by an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer for a traffic violation at a truck stop on West Beale Street around 11:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Johnson said.

Ferguson, from Kirksville, Mo., sped away onto Interstate 40 heading east with DPS officers and Mohave County sheriff deputies in pursuit at speeds up to 90 mph, Johnson said.

After avoiding a "moving roadblock" set up by MCSO deputies and DPS officers east of DW Ranch Road, six miles east of Kingman, Ferguson, driving a 1992 Dodge four-wheel drive pickup truck, crashed a fence and drove through the desert, Johnson said.

Ferguson's truck was later spotted on Flag Mine Road in the Hualapai Mountains by a DPS helicopter where it was intercepted by a DPS vehicle with two officers.

Ferguson rammed his truck twice into the DPS car before he fled on foot, Johnson said.

No one was injured in the incident.

The license plates on the truck are registered to a 1968 GMC truck from Montana, DPS spokesman Mark Hall said.

MCSO and DPS K-9 units searched the area without success until the search was suspended at about 3 a.m.

Thursday morning, resuming later Thursday amid inclement weather, Johnson said.

Ferguson is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, and may be armed with a handgun and a rifle.

He was last seen wearing a black cowboy hat, white sleeveless "49er" shirt, black baggy pants, green jacket and black boots, Johnson said.

Ferguson also has a $20,000 felony warrant from Yavapai County for failure to appear/forgery, assuming the identity of another, a $5,000 felony warrant from Lake Havasu City for failure to appear/forgery and a $1,500 felony warrant from Montana for failure to appear, Johnson said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Ferguson should contact the local law enforcement agency, he said.

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