The Osage County Sheriff’s Office last Friday arrested a motorcyclist, who reportedly had eluded law officers in both Pawnee and Osage counties by driving at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, and found in the man’s possession a backpack reportedly containing more than 2 pounds of suspected methamphetamine.


The Osage County SO arrested a suspect identified as Christopher David Confer, of Southaven, Mississippi, on suspicion of reckless driving, transporting an open container of beer, and trafficking in methamphetamine, and booked him at the county jail.


Confer came to the attention of Osage County authorities Friday evening, when the Cleveland Police Department, in neighboring Pawnee County, gave notification that it had begun a pursuit of a motorcyclist who had been speeding in a construction zone, and doing speeds ranging up to 160 miles per hour.


Cleveland police ended their pursuit of the motorcycle at Hominy, and an Osage County deputy reportedly began pursuing the same vehicle north of Fairfax on State Highway 18, with the result that the motorcyclist reportedly accelerated to speeds reaching up to 120 mph.


The deputy reportedly lost sight of the motorcycle but kept looking for it. The motorcyclist reportedly then sought to entice a park ranger into a pursuit.


The motorcycle reportedly eventually experienced engine failure and a deputy sheriff caught up with its rider. Once the motorist had been taken into custody, authorities turned their attention to the backpack, which reportedly contained about 2.2 pounds of meth.


In other news regarding the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Eddie Virden on Monday told county commissioners that the jail was reaching an inmate population level where it might no longer be possible to quarantine prisoners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


District Attorney Mike Fisher requested that Virden consult with him and with Associate District Judge Stuart Tate about the issue. Virden later told the Journal-Capital that he had been able to move some people around in the jail to allow for some degree of isolation of inmates — at least preventing face-to-face contact when necessary.