Christmas day high-speed chase begins near Melvern Lake, ends in Emporia

An Osage City man was arrested after a Christmas day high-speed chase that started in Osage County, went through Coffey County and ended at Emporia.

According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, about 2:40 p.m. Dec. 25, a deputy radared a 2002 Chevrolet passenger car on Hoch Road, near Melvern Lake’s Sundance Park, traveling 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The driver, later identified as David Lehnherr, 22, of Osage City, did not stop for the deputy and a chase ensued. The chase went through Lebo, then west on old Highway 50 through Coffey County into Lyon County.

The Emporia Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol deployed stop sticks to attempt to stop the vehicle on old Highway 50, which turns into Sixth Street in Emporia at Interstate 35. At Sixth and Mechanic streets, the vehicle went out of control, struck a curb and stopped in a vacant lot, where Lehnherr exited the vehicle and was arrested without incident.

Lehnherr is being held on two Osage County warrants and a city of Emporia warrant, and also is facing charges of flee and attempt to elude a law enforcement officer by engaging in a reckless driving, driving while suspended or revoked, no insurance, and speeding. Lehnherr’s bond has been set at $25,000 cash surety for the new charges and $5,000 cash surety bond on each of Osage County’s warrants.

No law enforcement vehicles were damaged and no injuries were reported during the high-speed chase.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Emporia Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.


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