Two sentenced to prison for fleeing and eluding

An Osage City man, who was arrested after a Christmas day high-speed chase that started in Osage County and ended at Emporia, was sentenced to 12 months in custody of Kansas Department of Corrections Monday by Osage County District Court Judge Phillip M Fromme.

David B.A. Lehnherr, 22, Osage City, was convicted in January of felony fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement officers.

The charge resulted from a high speed chase that started in Osage County, near Melvern Lake’s Sundance Park, about 2:40 p.m. Dec. 25. A deputy radared a 2002 Chevrolet passenger car traveling 90 mph in a 55 mph zone on Hoch Road.

The driver, later identified as Lehnherr, did not stop for the deputy and a chase ensued 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, but the chase ended at Sixth and Mechanic streets, where the vehicle went out of control and stopped in a vacant lot. Lehnherr exited the vehicle and was arrested.

Lehnherr was on felony probation out of Lyon County, Kan., at the time, and the Osage County sentence will run consecutive to his Lyon County case.

Also Monday in Osage County District Court, a Wichita man was sentenced for a high speed chase that began in Burlingame on Dec. 4, after the theft of the Burlingame police chief’s car.

Fromme sentenced Jeremy Neal, 34, Wichita, Kan., to 14 months in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections after being convicted in January of felony fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement officers.

The charge resulted from a high speed chase that started in Burlingame when Neal stole a personal vehicle belonging to the Burlingame chief of police. The chase ended when Neal crashed and totaled the vehicle before being taken into police custody.

Neal was on felony probation out of Sedgwick County, Kan., at the time, and the Osage County sentence will run consecutive to his Sedgwick County case.

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