A woman accused of throwing items at a deputy during a pursuit in Leavenworth County has been bound over for trial.

A woman accused of throwing items at a deputy during a pursuit in Leavenworth County has been bound over for trial.

The decision to bind over the case came Friday at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for Shauntel M. Cornelius. An arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 19.

Cornelius, 28, Leavenworth, faces felony charges of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with law enforcement as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal littering.

The charges stem from a July 6 pursuit during which shots were reportedly fired.

Cornelius reportedly was a passenger in a pickup truck that was pursued. She is not accused of firing the shots. But she is accused of throwing items from the truck at the vehicle driven by a pursuing officer.

During Friday’s preliminary hearing, Cpl. Sarah Flaherty of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office testified that she began to pursue the truck in the area of Kansas 92 Highway and 207th Street. She said the driver of the truck failed to stop for a stop sign. She said the truck entered her traffic lane as it made a wide turn.

“Shots were fired from the truck,” Flaherty said.

She testified she heard between six and 12 shots during the pursuit.

Flaherty said a woman, who later was identified as Cornelius, crawled through the back window of the truck from the cab to the bed of the truck.

Flaherty testified that Cornelius allegedly threw items at her patrol vehicle. The first item that reportedly was thrown was a fully inflated truck tire.

Flaherty said she was traveling about five car lengths behind the truck at a speed of between 65 and 75 mph. She slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting the tire and worried it would crash through her windshield. The tire bounced off of the roadway.

The corporal said she believed she would have been injured if the tire had hit her vehicle.

Flaherty said other items, including a plastic planting tower and a toolbox, were thrown from the truck.

The corporal said she believes Cornelius was trying to stop her vehicle or seriously harm her.

Flaherty said the truck eventually came to a stop in a field off of 4-H Road. The driver and passenger fled from the vehicle.

Flaherty said she found a purse that contained a driver’s license for Cornelius. The corporal said a crystal-like residue she believed was methamphetamine also was found in the purse.

Flaherty testified the substance was sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for testing. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

Flaherty said drug paraphernalia also was found in the purse.

Deputy Patrick Horton testified he had joined in the pursuit. He followed behind Flaherty’s vehicle.

He testified items were being thrown from the truck during the pursuit.

Deputy Kyle Owens also testified Friday.

Owens testified that he was involved in the apprehension of Cornelius and another suspect the day after the vehicle pursuit. The suspects were taken into custody in the area of 231st Street and 4-H Road.

Preliminary hearings for two other cases pending against Cornelius also were conducted Friday. District Judge Michael Gibbens ordered that Cornelius also be bound over in these cases.

In one of the cases, Cornelius is charged with interference with law enforcement. This crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 8 in rural Leavenworth.

In the other case, Cornelius is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, interference with law enforcement and traffic violations. These crimes are alleged to have occurred Feb. 9 in the city of Leavenworth.

Cornelius’ arraignment for these two cases also is scheduled for Oct. 19.

Anthony J. Robertson, 33, Leavenworth, also has been charged in connection to the July 6 pursuit. He is accused of driving the pickup truck that was pursued by Flaherty. He also is accused of firing the shots during the pursuit.

He is charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Robertson’s arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court.

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