Archive for Thursday, June 2, 2005

Suspects in separate cases can’t elude police chase

June 2, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: June 2, 2005, 9:05 a.m.

Lansing Police hit 1.000 in a three-day period capturing fleeing suspects who tried to elude officers by ducking into residences in the city.

One of the incidents involved a parolee who now faces drug charges; the other resulted in the capture of a man who had warrants out for his arrest in three cities and Leavenworth County.

Chief Steve Wayman said suspects in incidents Saturday and Tuesday tried to hide from pursuing police by making their way into residences that weren't there own.

The first incident occurred Saturday evening in the northeast area of town. At 7:22 p.m., Wayman said, an officer clocked a vehicle speeding 38 in a 25 mph zone near Seventh Street and East Eisenhower Road. When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, it turned north onto Seventh Street and then west on Miley St., which is a dead end. There, the driver of the car parked and ran.

The two officers in the patrol car chased the man. One of the officers, Wayman said, saw the suspect come out of a tree line and enter the back door of a residence in the 600 block of East Eisenhower.

As officers approached the house, they could see the suspect inside the residence arguing with another male. Wayman said when the officers announced themselves, the suspect slammed the door shut and locked it. The other man, who turned out to be the homeowner, unlocked the door to the officers, who in turn arrested the suspect.

When officers returned to the suspect's car, they found "numerous" car stereos and CD players inside the vehicle.

The suspect, Eric A. Miller, 25, of Kansas City, Kan., has been charged with attempting to elude officers, speeding, no proof of insurance, transporting an open container of alcohol, driving on a revoked license, obstruction of the legal process, resisting arrest and aggravated burglary, Wayman said.

Miller is in the Leavenworth County Jail, where he is also wanted on active warrants issued in Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Salina and Topeka, Wayman said.

The second incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, when an officer clocked a Z-28 Camaro traveling 35 in a 20 mph zone on First Terrace, Wayman said.

As the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver parked near Frank Graham Field at Lansing High School, grabbed a backpack and fled.

The officer saw the suspect go behind a garage in the 500 block of South Second Street, and on approach the officer saw the suspect bent over and removing items from the backpack, the chief said. When the officer yelled at the subject to stop, he fled again.

Shortly thereafter, other officers who had responded to the chase saw a person walking on the street in the 500 block of South Second. That person, who was wearing women's clothing over clothing described by the pursuing officer, was arrested.

Wayman said officers later discovered the suspect had removed a window screen and entered a house where a woman was. The suspect took some clothing and left.

Back at the garage, officers found a wallet, cash and what they believed to be a cocaine-based substance, Wayman said.

The man, Jeremy Kriner, a 26-year-old parolee from Lawrence, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute illegal substances and aggravated burglary. The Z-28 was reported stolen from Lawrence.

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