Archive for Wednesday, January 3, 2001

Hearing set for chase suspect

January 3, 2001

A Kansas City, Kan., man who led authorities on a high speed chase between Tonganoxie and Basehor last July will face a preliminary hearing next month.

Darrell L. Thomas is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with attempted residential burglary, a felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, felony possession of stolen property and felony criminal damage to property.

A preliminary hearing will be conducted at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 on the charges, according to Roger Marrs, deputy county attorney.

Thomas is accused of trying to break into a home northwest of Basehor on July 3. Authorities allege he was driving a stolen 1991 Jeep Cherokee with three other Kansas City, Kan., residents as passengers when he led police on a high-speed chase from Tonganoxie to Basehor.

The Cherokee ran into a ditch across from Basehor City Hall following the chase, which reached speeds of 110 mph.

Sheila Hicks, who was a passenger in the back of the vehicle, pleaded guilty to a charge of felony criminal damage to property. She was sentenced to a 15-month term in prison, and then placed on intensive supervised probation for 12 months, Marrs said. The two other passengers were not charged.

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