Archive for Friday, May 31, 2013

High-speed chase goes through downtown Tonganoxie

May 31, 2013, 1:17 p.m.

Updated: May 31, 2013, 3:53 p.m.

A traffic stop for failure to wear seat belts turned into a high-speed chase Friday in Tonganoxie.

Tonganoxie police attempted to stop a vehicle about 12:30 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Main Street. When the officer turned on his emergency lights to pull the vehicle over, the driver sped off, according to Tonganoxie police Chief Jeff Brandau.

The driver, a 19-year-old Leavenworth man, and a passenger, a 25-year-old Tonganoxie man, led police on a chase through downtown Tonganoxie. The vehicle then headed east on Evans Road toward Basehor with speeds reaching 100 mph, Brandau said.

Officers followed the car south on 158th Street past Basehor-Linwood Middle School roughly a half-mile before the driver lost control of the vehicle and drove through a yard before driving back on the road and coming to a stop. The driver stayed in the vehicle, while the passenger fled on foot. A Tonganoxie police officer chased the man on foot and apprehended him, Brandau said.

The driver had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation and was taken to Leavenworth County Jail. The passenger was released. He was cited for failure to wear a seat belt and obstruction and is to appear in Tonganoxie Municipal Court.

— A previous version of this story had incorrect information about the route of the police chase and that both men involved in the chase had outstanding warrants. It was determined that only driver had an outstanding warrant.


Paula Crook 5 years ago

The High Speed chase made it down my street also! The "Vehicle and 3 Police cars" Doing 90+ mph. Good thing that No One "Kids" or anyone else was in/or crossing this residential street. The chase wasn't safe for anyone.. the citizens or the police officers.I don't know if it is worth risking any life in high speed chases.


12345 5 years ago

I drove past your house Paula, not 45 seconds before they came through. There were people in the street on bikes when I went past. These cars had to be doing 50mph or more through there. That section of the street is pretty unsafe anyway, with the poor visibility over the hill and the sidewalk weaving back and forth across the street and no pedestrian bridge across the creek.


tongie38 5 years ago

There is a great idea. I noticed that guy is not wearing his seatbelt, so I better better pull him over so I can remind him of his safety. Uh oh, now he is fleeing so I better chase him at double or tripple the speeds through residential neighborhoods so everyone can be safe. WOW


12345 5 years ago

He sounds like somebody that needed pulled over. That was a good call. It wasn't the LEO's that took this through downtown, it was the jerk running from them. I do think seat belt rules are stupid though. Let Darwin work! We want these people out of our gene pool!


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