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UPDATE: Multi-County Chase Ends With Arrest

KSAL Staff - September 1, 2016 11:00 am


The Saline County Sheriff’s Office provided more details on a high speed pursuit that began on N. Hedville Road and ended in Marion County Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities arrested 24-year-old Michael Thomas of Loveland, Colorado after road spikes were used to disable his 1995 Honda Accord and end a 45-minute chase.

According to Captain Brent Melander with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, a concerned citizen called 9-11 after he noticed suspicious behavior of a man and woman while they were at the Singh Travel Plaza at 2124 N. Hedville Road.

The citizen followed the car and and alerted deputies it had pulled up the driveway of a vacant property.

The chase began a short time later when deputies pulled up and began to check on the car’s Colorado temporary tag.

Captain Melander tells KSAL News at one point – Thomas avoided road spikes deployed by a Salina Police cruiser, by crossing the median on I-135 and continuing southbound in the northbound lane until leaving the Interstate via the on-ramp at Water Well Road.

Thomas, who is wanted on felony warrants in Colorado told deputies he was trying to drive to Oklahoma to see his mother before he goes to prison. An 18-year-old female passenger from Fort Collins, Colorado was interviewed and released without charges.

Thomas is facing numerous charges that include flee and elude, reckless driving, possession of a hallucinogenic drug.

Original Story:

A high speed pursuit that started in Saline County at around noon on Wednesday weaved through multiple counties and ended with two people being taken into custody in Marion County.

Captain Brent Melander from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office tells KSAL News that deputies were sent to the Singh Travel Plaza at 2124 North Hedville Road to check on a report of a suspicious person. The person had left before deputies arrived. A suspect vehicle was located in the area.

The vehicle lead deputies on a high speed pursuit through Saline County. Melander says that eventually his agency called off the chase. The suspect vehicle was quickly located by Marion County deputies, though, and the pursuit continued.

It ended when the suspect vehicle was disabled by road spikes deployed by a deputy. Two people, a man and a woman, were taken into custody.

Melander says that the man is believed to have felony warrants out of Colorado.

The suspects will be charged in Saline County, where the pursuit started, and are being transported to the Saline County Jail.

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