Four caught in high-speed chase
A Kansas City, Kan., quartet led area law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Monday morning between Tonganoxie and Basehor.
The chase started after a break-in was reported shortly before 10 a.m. in the 22100 block of 163rd Street, northwest of Basehor. The incident concluded about 20 minutes later, when the suspects' Jeep Cherokee slid into a ditch near Basehor City Hall.
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Andy Dedeke and Tonganoxie Police Sgt. John Putthoff provided the following details.
A neighbor saw a vehicle pull into the driveway of a residence and saw a suspect kick in the front door. When an alarm sounded, the suspect jumped back in the vehicle, which headed north on 163rd Street.
Several minutes later, Putthoff saw what he believed to be the same vehicle headed southwest into Tonganoxie on Leavenworth County Road 5.
Putthoff followed the vehicle to Main Street, then to Fourth Street, then east on Fourth and onto Sandusky Road. The chase continued to 198th Street, where the vehicle turned north, heading to U.S. Highway 24-40. At the highway, the pursuit continued east about seven miles, past Basehor.
Putthoff said he overtook the vehicle at that point, and a highway patrol car pulled up behind the vehicle. The plan was to slow it down, eventually bringing it to a stop. But the vehicle turned around just past the Wolf Creek bridge and headed back west toward Basehor.
"I got in front of him, and the trooper was behind him," Putthoff said. "I got him slowed down enough and he cut a U-ie," he said.
Then the vehicle turned north on 155th Street, where it slid into a ditch across the street from Basehor City Hall as it tried to get around traffic that had slowed in front of it.
Putthoff said the pursuit reached speeds of 110 mph.
"No one got hurt," he said. "That's the big deal."
Putthoff deadpanned that his Monday morning trip to Basehor was a little faster than he prefers.
"I like the highway better," he said. "I didn't know those cars could fly, but they do."
The Jeep was stolen in Kansas City, Mo., Dedeke said.
These suspects were arrested and remained in the Leavenworth County Jail on Monday:
Sheila Hicks, 37, Kansas City, Kan., who was a passenger in the back seat, arrested on charges of aiding and abetting possession of stolen property and attempted burglary.
Lawrence Lawson, 30, Kansas City, Kan., also a back-seat passenger, arrested on charges of aiding and abetting possession of stolen property and aiding and abetting attempted burglary.
Angel Amos, 19, Kansas City, Kan., a front-seat passenger, arrested on aiding and abetting possession of stolen property and aiding and abetting attempted burglary.
Daryl Thomas, 31, Kansas City, Kan., the driver, arrested on possession of a stolen vehicle and attempted burglary.
It's likely that additional charges will be lodged against all four, particularly Thomas.
"No doubt, he'll be charged with attempt to elude, reckless driving, that kind of thing," Dedeke said.
He said that both Thomas and Hicks tried to get into the rural Leavenworth County home.
"They said they were looking for water," he said. "They all four claimed to be homeless, living on the streets in Kansas City. They went out for a drive and stumbled across this place somehow."