Archive for Friday, May 31, 2013

High-speed chase goes through downtown Tonganoxie

May 31, 2013, 1:17 p.m.

Updated: May 31, 2013, 3:53 p.m.

A traffic stop for failure to wear seat belts turned into a high-speed chase Friday in Tonganoxie.

Tonganoxie police attempted to stop a vehicle about 12:30 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Main Street. When the officer turned on his emergency lights to pull the vehicle over, the driver sped off, according to Tonganoxie police Chief Jeff Brandau.

The driver, a 19-year-old Leavenworth man, and a passenger, a 25-year-old Tonganoxie man, led police on a chase through downtown Tonganoxie. The vehicle then headed east on Evans Road toward Basehor with speeds reaching 100 mph, Brandau said.

Officers followed the car south on 158th Street past Basehor-Linwood Middle School roughly a half-mile before the driver lost control of the vehicle and drove through a yard before driving back on the road and coming to a stop. The driver stayed in the vehicle, while the passenger fled on foot. A Tonganoxie police officer chased the man on foot and apprehended him, Brandau said.

The driver had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation and was taken to Leavenworth County Jail. The passenger was released. He was cited for failure to wear a seat belt and obstruction and is to appear in Tonganoxie Municipal Court.

— A previous version of this story had incorrect information about the route of the police chase and that both men involved in the chase had outstanding warrants. It was determined that only driver had an outstanding warrant.

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