UPDATE: Fleeing Car Nearly Hits Officers
Todd Pittenger - February 29, 2016 8:19 am
A Salina man is behind bars after police caught him following a chase early Monday morning.
Police say that on Monday morning at 7:19 two uniformed officers were investigating a stabbing case and walking across the 200 block of West Harsh Avenue. A white 1992 Honda Accord turned eastbound onto Harsh from 8th Street.
The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and kept accelerating as it approached the officers. The officers quickly moved out of the way and shouted and motioned for the driver to stop.
The vehicle passed at about 40mph and the officers observed a male subject driving and a female passenger.
The vehicle proceeded across 7th Street and through the intersection of Santa Fe and Harsh at approximately 60mph.
As the vehicle reached the 1400 block of North 3rd Street, the driver stopped and fled the area on foot and the passenger, 36-year-old Kimberly French remained.
36-year-old Jesse Rick was caught in a field east of the 1600 block of North 5th Street.
A silver colored set of digital scales and personal use methamphetamine were found in the immediate area. Upon searching the vehicle, officers located personal use marijuana. Officers also located a black case containing a smoking pipe with residue.
Charges of 2 counts of Aggravated Assault of Law Enforcement, Kidnapping, Felony Obstruction, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License are being requested.
ORIGINAL: A stabbing. An unrelated short pursuit in North Salina in which a couple of officers were nearly run over. A foot chase over a flood control levy and through a field. It was a wild start to a Monday morning for Salina Police.
Police told KSAL News at the scene that it all started around 7:15 as officers were working a stabbing incident in North Salina in which a woman suffered minor injuries.
A shift supervisor arrived at the scene, and was turning around to park his vehicle. As the supervisor was turning around, the driver of a small white car that was traveling in the area apparently thought the officer was turning around to pull him over, and sped off. A couple of officers on foot waved at the vehicle to stop, and were nearly hit.
The short pursuit ended on North 3rd Street, where the street dead ends into a farmhouse at 1430 N. 3rd. The car drove behind the farm house, and crashed.
The driver then got out, and ran. He left behind a pregnant passenger in the car. The driver was caught in a nearby field a short time later.
EMS responded to the scene as a precaution to check on the pregnant passenger. She was fine.
The driver could face multiple charges that include aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. He could also face charges stemming from the short pursuit, and drug charges. Officers found drug paraphernalia in his car.