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Stolen communications truck recovered in Osage County early Thursday after pursuit

An Osage County Sheriff’s Office vehicle and a Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle were both damaged after a pursuit of a stolen Cox Communications truck early Thursday morning. A search for the suspected driver of the truck continues after the truck was found near Scranton, in Osage County.

According to a press release from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, at around 4:05 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, a Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the utility truck on U.S. Highway 75 near SW 77th Street. The vehicle matched the description of one that had been called in by a citizen as suspicious near SW 57th Street and Topeka Boulevard, and had been seen leaving that area.

Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but it failed to yield, initiating a pursuit. The vehicle continued south into Osage County, where Osage County Sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit near West 165th Street and South Lewelling Road.

The pursued truck came to an abrupt stop before reversing and ramming a Shawnee County Sheriff vehicle. The Shawnee County vehicle was pushed back into the Osage County vehicle that had responded to assist, disabling both. The truck then fled the area.

The vehicle was located a short time later near West 173rd Street and South Scranton Road. The truck was identified as the Cox Communications truck stolen in Topeka on June 28. Sheriff’s deputies and the Kansas Highway Patrol searched the area for the suspect, who had not been located at the time of this report.

Two deputies in the Shawnee County Sheriff’s vehicle and one in the Osage County Sheriff’s vehicle received minor injuries. All three were treated by Osage County EMS at the scene and released.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call either the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or 877-OS CRIME.

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