Archive for Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Charges lodged following chase through streets of Tonganoxie

March 12, 2003

A Tonganoxie man will appear today in Leavenworth County District Court to face a variety of charges stemming from a car chase March 4 in Tonganoxie.

Randy Ashworth, 32, was arrested last week on several charges, including evading police and reckless driving. Ashworth already was wanted for violating state parole.

Tonganoxie police gave this account:

At 8 a.m. March 4, Tonganoxie police Officer Jennifer Daniels saw Ashworth get into his truck in the 100 block of Fifth Street. He was preparing to leave a relative's residence at that location when Daniels spotted him.

He drove from the residence and headed onto U.S. 24-40 before turning east onto Fourth Street. Daniels turned on her sirens near Fourth and Church streets, but Ashworth didn't stop.

He then led Daniels and later other law enforcement officials on a chase.

Ashworth basically made a circle after heading east on Fourth Street. The suspect went south on Church to Grace and then came back to U.S. Highway 24-40, later taking law enforcement officials across the lawn near the Southwestern Bell building at Sixth and 24-40.

Ashworth came back to his relative's residence where Daniels tried to box him in with her patrol car. In the process, the police car jumped the curb and slid on the wet grass into the southwest corner of the relative's garage.

"My intention was to block him in and when I applied brakes the grass was slick," Daniels said.

Damage to the garage was estimated at $1,000, while the patrol car only received damage to its push bar. City Administrator Shane Krull said Monday that the damage is covered by the city's insurance minus a deductible. Krull said city staff would replace the push bar.

For Daniels, it was her first major chase in about four years.

"It's something that we train for, but it's not an everyday occurrence either," Daniels said.

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