Colorado man tasered twice before arrest after high-speed pursuit, crash

LYNDON – A Colorado man, who was arrested following a pursuit and crash at the north edge of Lyndon in October, was tasered twice before being apprehended, according to an arrest affidavit filed in the case. William D. Gross, 58, Golden, Colo., is scheduled to appear in Osage County District Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on three felony charges, three misdemeanors and a traffic infraction.

In the arrest affidavit, Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Bishoff reported he was patrolling northbound on U.S. Highway 75 near 181st Street around midnight early Oct. 11, when his radar indicated a southbound vehicle was traveling at 73 mph in a 65 mph zone. Bishoff reported he turned around to attempt to stop the vehicle, which pulled over on the shoulder and drove about 30 mph for a half mile before pulling back on the roadway and accelerating to speeds of 100 to 120 mph.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the vehicle, a 1998 Volvo station wagon, traveled onto the curb to pass and then struck a 2009 GMC Acadia at 15th Street in Lyndon. Both vehicles came to rest south of 15th Street, after the Volvo struck two road signs.

Bishoff reported that as he approached the accident scene, he observed a white male, later identified as Gross, climbing out of the Volvo’s driver’s window. The deputy reported that he ordered the man to the ground, but the man said he was not doing anything wrong and attempted to flee on foot. Bishoff said the man fell down and Bishoff drew his Taser and told him to remain down when the man started to run again. Bishoff reported he then warned the man before discharging the Taser once; when the man again attempted to run Bishoff discharged the Taser a second time, before overpowering the man and placing him in handcuffs.

Bishoff reported that Gross gave the name of Donald Wayne Roberts when arrested, but he was later identified as Gross through a FBI fingerprint check.

Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Reker reported that he arrived on the scene after the crash, took information from the occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash, identified by the KHP as Brentt L. Moon, 32, Lyndon, and his passenger, Kali Moon, 10, before taking photographs of the scene.

Reker said as he photographed inside the Volvo, he found a .38 Smith and Wesson pistol and a .45 Taurus pistol, both in gun cases on the passenger side floorboard. Reker also reported he found a marijuana pipe and an object wrapped in duct tape that appeared it could be an explosive. The Topeka Bomb Squad was called to check the vehicle. No charges pertaining to explosives were filed against Gross.

Charges filed by Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones against Gross include 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 at 73 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Gross was held in the Osage County Jail on a $150,000 cash surety bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 5, in Osage County District Court.

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