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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Driver allegedly leads pursuit in two states

  • A driver allegedly led officers from multiple agencies on a pursuit Thursday that started in Leavenworth, crossed into Missouri and then ended back in Kansas, law enforcement officials said.
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  • A driver allegedly led officers from multiple agencies on a pursuit Thursday that started in Leavenworth, crossed into Missouri and then ended back in Kansas, law enforcement officials said.
    The 25-year-old man was taken into custody and transported to the Leavenworth County Jail, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    The alleged pursuit began around 5:05 p.m. Thursday at Fifth and Linn Street. Nicodemus said police knew the suspect, who lives in Leavenworth, had municipal and Leavenworth County warrants for his arrest and attempted to stop him.
    Nicodemus said Leavenworth police terminated the pursuit a short time later at Fourth and Spruce streets.
    "At 5 o'clock there's a lot of traffic out there," Nicodemus said. "So it was the safest thing to do."
    The deputy chief alleged the suspect ran through a red light at Fourth and Spruce.
    "He drove around traffic that was stopped at the light," Nicodemus said.
    Leavenworth officers continued to follow the man's vehicle after the pursuit was terminated. The vehicle crossed the Centennial Bridge into Platte County, Mo.
    "We simply followed him and communicated his position to Platte County (authorities)," Nicodemus said.
    The suspect reportedly turned onto the Missouri 45 Spur and later drove on I-435, Nicodemus said.
    Other law agencies became involved in the alleged pursuit of the suspect including the Platte County Sheriff's Office, Parkville Police Department, the Kansas City Kansas Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
    Technical Trooper Howard Dickinson said KHP troopers became involved in the alleged pursuit in the area of State Avenue and 130th Street in Wyandotte County.
    Nicodemus believes the alleged pursuit ended on Kansas 5 Highway. He said law enforcement officers used spike strips at least once during the alleged pursuit in an attempt to stop the suspect.
    Leavenworth police arrested the suspect for alleged felony fleeing and eluding, felony obstruction and driving with a suspended license.
    Nicodemus alleged that the suspect previously had led Leavenworth police on a pursuit, which also was terminated.
    The suspect apparently had a passenger, a 26-year-old woman, during Thursday. She also was arrested for allegedly obstructing apprehension and interfering with a law enforcement officer, according to Nicodemus and police records.

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