Archive for Thursday, January 6, 2005

Man, 40, arrested after KCK-Lansing chase

January 6, 2005

Police officers in both Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties were involved in a chase Tuesday morning that ended with the arrest of a 40-year-old Lenexa man accused of robbing a tanning salon in western Wyandotte County.

John Cly was arrested near the Lansing and Leavenworth border Tuesday after crashing his vehicle in a field. Kansas City, Kan., police said he was taken to the University of Kansas Hospital for treatment.

Police said Cly allegedly robbed the Celsius Tannery at 8127 Parallel Pkwy. Cly allegedly told a clerk he was armed and demanded money. After he left, a Kansas City, Kan., police officer spotted Cly's vehicle and a pursuit began.

The officer gave chase but lost Cly's Jeep. Moments later, officers in downtown Kansas City, Kan., saw the Jeep near 34th and Brown streets, said Maj. Donald Ash, a police spokesman in Kansas City, Kan. Officers again began chasing the Jeep as it headed west and north, eventually making its way through Lansing on Main Street.

As the convoy of authorities gained strength, it followed the Jeep to the intersection of Kansas Highways 7 and 92 near Fort Leavenworth. That's where the Jeep began to backtrack through Leavenworth.

The driver lost control of the Jeep in a field near Rusty Eck Ford. He regained control but went off the road again when a Leavenworth County Sheriff's car bumped the Jeep off the road just north of Eisenhower Road and Main Street.

Authorities moved in to block the Jeep. After the driver refused to come out, officers broke the windows of his Jeep. Because the driver had been seen brandishing a gun, authorities sent in a police dog to pull the driver out of the Jeep, Ash said. The driver sustained minor injuries from a bite wound from the dog and was taken to University of Kansas Hospital, Ash said.

There were no other vehicle or property damages reported.

"Pursuits are always dangerous, but because of great assistance from neighboring communities this chase went smoothly," Ash said.

"Everybody was out patrolling their borders, which is the way it's supposed to work," said Elaine Moore, a public information officer with the Kansas City, Kan., police department.

The driver likely will be charged in Wyandotte County District Court.

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