Driver arrested after pursuit

Staff Writer
The Leavenworth Times

A Leavenworth man was arrested after he allegedly led deputies on a chase early Tuesday morning, according to an official with the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies began pursuing the driver of a 2016 Ford Fiesta at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday for allegedly speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign at Kansas 5 Highway and McIntyre Road. The driver traveled east on K-5. The vehicle reached speeds of about 70 mph, according to Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley.

The pursuit ended near 107th Street and K-5 in Wyandotte County when the Fiesta spun out onto a shoulder of the road. As deputies came around a curve, they found the Fiesta but no one was inside.

Members of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department also responded to the scene.

The Ford Fiesta was not registered in any state and it had not been reported stolen. Inside the vehicle, officers found various Kansas license plates, which had not been reported stolen, as well as drug paraphernalia, according to Sherley.

Officers also found information related to a 30-year-old Leavenworth man, who turned out to be the suspect.

The suspect reportedly was found hiding in bushes near railroad tracks.

The man was arrested for allegations related to Tuesday morning's incident as well as two unrelated warrants for felony charges and a warrant that had been issued through Leavenworth Municipal Court.