Archive for Wednesday, January 24, 2007

High speed chase leads police through Tonganoxie

January 24, 2007

A van that blazed through Basehor and Tonganoxie at triple-digit speeds Tuesday morning was stopped near the Leavenworth-Jefferson county line.

Tonganoxie police Lt. Billy Adcox said the van's driver was attempting to avoid authorities. About 8:45 a.m., the van entered Tonganoxie city limits and headed west. Minutes before, Tonganoxie police had received word of a high-speed chase near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 7, just east of Basehor.

Adcox estimated the van was traveling between 100 and 130 mph in Tonganoxie.

The chase brewed from a traffic stop about 8:15 a.m. when a Kansas City, Mo., police officer stopped a van near Independence Avenue and Gladstone Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo. According to Kansas City, Mo., police Chief Rich Lockhart, the officer was speaking to the driver outside the vehicle when a passenger moved into the driver's seat and drove toward the officer and the initial driver.

The van had a Kansas license plate, prompting an officer to position his vehicle near Interstate 70 in case the van headed to Kansas. The van turned west on I-70, and a chase ensued.

According to Tonganoxie dispatcher Mike Vestal, Tonganoxie police joined Kansas City, Mo., police, the Leavenworth County sheriff's office and Kansas Highway Patrol in the chase at the east edge of Tonganoxie and pursued the van for roughly five minutes.

Adcox said the two police agencies stopped their pursuit west of Tonganoxie on Kansas Highway 16.

Leavenworth County sheriff's officers and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers continued the pursuit. Just after 9 a.m., the van ran into a barbed-wire fence near 4-H Road and 259th Street, Vestal said. Two men fled but were apprehended nearby.

KHP also had two helicopters involved in the chase, according to a highway patrol official, while Jefferson County sheriff's officers responded as well.

The driver, a 40-year-old man and the passenger, a 42-year-old man, both of Kansas City, Mo., were held Tuesday in Leavenworth County Jail for Kansas City, Mo., police, Undersheriff Ron Cranor said. The driver was arrested for possession of stolen property, obstruction of legal process, driving while suspended and leaving the scene of the accident and felony fleeing and alluding.

The initial driver, a 44-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man, was found to have drug paraphernalia, Lockhart said.

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