Colorado man faces multiple charges after police pursuit and crash near Lyndon

The Osage County Attorney has filed multiple charges against a Colorado man who was injured in a crash following a pursuit by Osage County deputies Oct. 11.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Osage County deputies pursued a 1998 Volvo station wagon southbound on U.S. Highway 75, north of Lyndon, when the Volvo traveled onto the curb to pass and then struck a 2009 GMC Acadia. Both vehicles came to rest south of 15th Street, after the Volvo struck two road signs. The driver of the Volvo was later identified as William D. Gross, 59, Golden, Colo.

The driver of the GMC, Brentt L. Moon, 32, Lyndon, and his passenger, Kali Moon, 10, Lyndon, were listed in the KHP report as possibly injured, but they were not transported by emergency medical services. Gross was transported to a Topeka hospital, but was arrested later that day in connection with charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, and no liability insurance.

Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones later filed three felony charges, three misdemeanors and a traffic infraction against Gross: criminal possession of firearm, which alleged Gross possessed a firearm within 10 years of a prior felony conviction; fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer; interference with a law enforcement officer; misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug use paraphernalia; no proof of liability insurance; and exceeding the speed limit by driving 73 mph where the posted speed limit was 65 mph.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that more than one deputy was involved in the pursuit, but the Osage County Sheriff’s Office has not responded to a request from Osage County News for information about the number of deputies involved or the circumstances that initiated the pursuit.

Gross was scheduled to appear in Osage County District Court Thursday with his attorney William Bayne; no future court dates had been listed on the court’s docket as of Friday. Gross remains in the Osage County Jail on a $150,000 cash surety bond.

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