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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Vandalism suspect leads authorities on pursuit

  • A suspect sought in connection to the vandalism of a park allegedly led authorities on a short pursuit Sunday afternoon in Easton, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
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  • A suspect sought in connection to the vandalism of a park allegedly led authorities on a short pursuit Sunday afternoon in Easton, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
    After the 30-year-old man was apprehended, he reportedly admitted to graffitiing the city park in Easton, according to Undersheriff Jim Sherley.
    The incident was reported around 4:45 p.m. Sunday. A deputy was taking a report regarding criminal damage to property at the park. Sherley said names of people had been graffitied on buildings and a picnic table at the park.
    Sherley said the defacing of the property probably caused several hundred dollars worth of damage.
    Someone apparently saw a vehicle believed to have been used by the person who vandalized the park. A description of the vehicle was provided to the officer who was taking the report.
    The deputy asked another officer who was in the area to look for a vehicle matching the description. The other deputy reportedly spotted an older model Lincoln Town Car that matched the description. Sherley said the deputy pulled in behind the vehicle, and the suspect allegedly began to lead the officer on the pursuit.
    "It stayed in the city," Sherley said.
    At some point, the suspect allegedly got out of his vehicle and began to flee on foot. Sherley said the man didn't make it very far. He was apprehended after he reportedly slipped and fell.
    The suspect, who's from Easton, was arrested for allegations of eluding authorities, several traffic violations stemming from the pursuit and criminal damage to property.

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