Early morning chase ends with arrest
A Tonganoxie man is in Leavenworth County Jail after a car chase early Tuesday morning through downtown Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau said Wednesday that police attempted to stop the 35-year-old man about 1 a.m. after he was driving in the wrong lane in the 300 block of Main Street headed south toward Fourth Street, nearly hitting a parked vehicle in the process.
The man then drove west on Fourth Street and then north on Bury Street before eventually abandoning his vehicle in the 200 block of Delaware Street. The man then attempted to flee by foot. When the officer approached the man, he hit and kicked the officer repeatedly, Brandau said. The man also tried to grab the officer’s gun and threw a barbecue grill at the officer, Brandau said. The officer, meanwhile, used a baton to defend himself, the police chief said. The officer suffered some bruising and later was treated at the scene by Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Services, Brandau said.
Additional officers arrived at the scene and the man eventually was placed in the back of an officer’s car, where he caused damage to the interior of the vehicle, reports said.
The man was taken to St. John Hospital in Leavenworth for alcohol toxicity, a laceration to the head and a broken wrist.
After being treated, he was released and taken to Leavenworth County Jail, where he remained Wednesday afternoon.
The man refused all sobriety tests, Brandau said, and was arrested for felony fleeing and alluding, aggravated assault on a law enforcement official, battery of a law enforcement officer, criminal damage to property and driving under the influence. He also was arrested for criminal threat, as he verbally threatened to kill officers.
No charges have been filed yet in district court, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said Wednesday afternoon.
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