Archive for Thursday, July 22, 2004

Man, already in enough trouble, compounds error by driving away

July 22, 2004

One area man may find out that driving through Basehor with a suspended license could cost him.

Officer Andrew Slaughter stopped a 28-year-old Merriam man at 1:10 p.m. June 22 after the Tonganoxie Police Department issued a description of a vehicle that left a gas station without paying for fuel. Slaughter spotted the vehicle near the 15700 block of U.S. Highway 24/40, and during a routine record check he learned the individual's license was suspended.

The driver also was unable to produce liability insurance and consented to a vehicle search that led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia. Basehor Police Sgt. Martin Cigich said the individual did provide money to the officer to pay for the gas.

Cigich said the man was transported to the Leavenworth County Justice Center and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and not being able to produce insurance.

The man appeared for his preliminary hearing July 13 at Basehor City Hall, but soon ran into more problems. After his preliminary hearing, the man walked out of City Hall and a Basehor Police officer noticed him get into his car and begin to drive away, Cigich said.

At that point Cigich was able to confirm that the man's license was suspended, and he walked out to the parking lot and asked the man to stop his car.

"I asked him if he had a suspended license and he said yes," Cigich said. "I got him out of the vehicle and arrested him about 2:20 p.m."

Cigich said the man still could not produce proof of insurance, and he was driving a different car, one with a license plate that had been switched with another vehicle's.

"I asked him why he was driving and he said that he didn't want to miss his court appearance and have a warrant out for him," Cigich said. "But, by then he had compounded the problem and may get in worse trouble."

Cigich said the man, who may also have a Kansas City, Kan. address, will be back in Basehor for another court appearance Aug. 10.

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