Archive for Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tonganoxie man faces charges stemming from car chase through downtown area

July 19, 2011

A Tonganoxie man has been charged in Leavenworth County District Court following a car chase this past week through downtown Tonganoxie.

Timothy Ryan Detrick, 35, Tonganoxie faces charges of criminal threat, fleeing or eluding with five or more moving violations, criminal damage to property, not driving on the right side of the road, failure to yield at a stop or yield sign and reckless driving.

Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau said Wednesday, July 13, that police attempted to stop Detrick about 1 a.m. July 12 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.

He then drove west on Fourth Street and then north on Bury Street before eventually abandoning his vehicle in the 200 block of Delaware Street. He then attempted to flee by foot. When the officer approached Detrick, he hit and kicked the officer repeatedly, Brandau said. Detrick 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 Detrick eventually was placed in the back of an officer’s car, where he caused damage to the interior of the vehicle, reports said.

Detrick was taken to St. John Hospital in Leavenworth for alcohol toxicity, a laceration to the head and a broken wrist.

Detrick refused all sobriety tests, Brandau said, and was arrested for felony fleeing and eluding, 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.

Detrick is to appear Aug. 10 in Leavenworth County District Court.

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