Archive for Thursday, October 9, 2003

Teen arrested after chase from Basehor

October 9, 2003

Basehor police arrested a 19-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man after he led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

Richard Price Jr. was arrested on charges of driving without a license, driving without insurance, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing from police, obstruction of justice and vehicle theft.

The odyssey began at 11:20 a.m. when Basehor officer Jason Slaughter stopped Price, who was driving a 1992 Infiniti, for driving 44 miles per hour in a zone with a 30 mile per hour speed limit.

The vehicle was reported stolen from Missouri.

Price had no driver's license and no proof of insurance. When Slaughter asked the teen-ager to step out of the vehicle, Price sped away, heading west on Leavenworth Road.

With Slaughter chasing him, Price reached speeds between 130 and 140 miles per hour, police said.

When the chase began, officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department were notified and began to respond, police said.

Winding down a gravel section of Leavenworth County Road, Price ditched his vehicle into a ravine at approximately 11:27 a.m. and fled on foot.

Slaughter, and other officers began a foot chase and eventually apprehended Price at 11:46 a.m. near the Stranger Creek bridge on Leavenworth Road.

Price was not armed nor injured, Slaughter said.

In custody, Price lied about his identity, claiming his name was Jeffrey Bird and that he was 16 years old. Fingerprints sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations verified his identity.

Slaughter said the cooperation of the law enforcement agencies involved in searching for the suspect proved to be the key in Price's arrest.

A woman's purse, property of the car's owner, was found in the vehicle trunk with other property. Items found in the car were not believed to be stolen, police said.

Price is currently in Leavenworth County Jail.

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