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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant sentenced to 20 months for pursuit

  • A Kansas City, Mo., man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for leading authorities on a pursuit in Leavenworth County, according to a prosecution official.
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  • A Kansas City, Mo., man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for leading authorities on a pursuit in Leavenworth County, according to a prosecution official.
    Orlando D. Anderson, 22, was sentenced Friday in Leavenworth County District Court to 20 months in prison for fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement officers, resisting arrest, aggravated endangering a child and criminal damage to property. The crimes were committed Feb. 8, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.
    Anderson pleaded no contest to the charges Oct. 31.
    Anderson reportedly drove a stolen car Feb. 8 from Missouri into Kansas on Interstate 70. The car was being tracked from a Kansas City, Mo., Police Department helicopter. Authorities prepared to intercept the vehicle in Leavenworth County, according to Thompson.
    When officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol attempted to stop Anderson, he accelerated to speeds exceeding 120 mph. He was weaving the car through rush hour traffic.
    The pursuit spanned 22 miles, ending in Douglas County. Officers deployed spike strips on the highway which shredded the tires of the car Anderson was driving. He continued driving until a tire broke off the axle, according to Thompson.
    Anderson then bailed out of the vehicle and was apprehended after a foot pursuit. A 16-year-old passenger had been in the car during the pursuit.
    Repairs to the car exceeded $10,000.
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