KHP asks witnesses of Friday morning I-70 pursuit to contact investigator

Around 11:08 a.m. today, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers on Interstate 70 near the Maple Hill exit, in Wabaunsee County, were involved in a pursuit with a stolen work truck out of Colorado. The suspect driver was eventually apprehended, but KHP is asking any witnesses of the incident to report what they saw.

During the pursuit, the suspect fled eastbound toward Topeka, passing on the shoulder. Within minutes of the pursuit beginning, the suspect drove through the median and into oncoming traffic. Due to concern for the public’s safety, troopers discontinued the pursuit. The suspect continued to travel eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-70 and traveled head-on toward a Wabaunsee County deputy who was driving with his emergency lights activated. The deputy took evasive maneuvers to avoid a head-on collision with the work truck.

The suspect exited I-70 onto Carlson Road, and pulled into a driveway in the 300 block of NW Carlson Road. He fled from the vehicle and was located hiding near a residence. Charges are pending, and the suspect driver will be booked into the Wabaunsee County Jail.

KHP is asking for anyone involved today, any victims the work truck swerved at, or persons who may have witnessed the work truck going eastbound in the westbound lanes, to contact them. Anyone who witnessed the event is asked to call KHP Technical Trooper Kody Olson at 785-296-3102.

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