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High Speed Chase Ends Near Salina

Todd Pittenger - April 21, 2015 2:45 pm

photo courtesy Trooper Ben Gardner

A high-speed pursuit along Interstate 70 ended east of Salina Tuesday afternoon.

Trooper Ben Gardner from the Kansas Highway Patrol tells KSAL News that it started at around 1:30, when a trooper attempted a traffic stop about 9 miles west of Salina on a black passenger car that was headed east. Instead of stopping , the car fled.

Several other law enforcement agencies and officers joined in the chase as it approached Salina. Several times, officers unsuccessfully deployed “stop sticks” in an attempt to disable the car, including several attempts near the junction of Interstate 70 and Interstate 135. Each time the car was able to avoid the road spikes.

Gardner says that as the pursuit neared the 9th Street exit north of Salina, an officer again attempted to disable it, and this time was successful. All four tires deflated.

The car continued to flee on flat tires for about a mile, before pulling off the road near the Ohio Street exit. The driver, and three passengers, all surrendered without incident. All four were taken into custody.

Gardener says that troopers were determining how many arrests there would be, and exactly what charges would be requested.

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