A high speed pursuit involving multiple agencies that began in Salina early Wednesday afternoon ended when a motorcycle being chased crashed in a field north of town. Deputies arrested 30-year-old Markus Johnstone of Salina on multiple charges for fleeing from officers.
Saline County Sheriff Deputies told KSAL News at the crash scene the incident began when Johnstone was identified as a fugitive being sought by the Kansas Department of Corrections. When a traffic stop was attempted by Sheriff Roger Soldan in the 600 block of N. Santa Fe, Johnstone fled at a high rate of speed on his 2001 Harley Davidson Fat Boy.
The chase weaved through Salina, and then north out of town on Old Highway 81, reaching speeds of 100-miles per hour.
As the chase approached the area of the Smoky Hill Vineyards and Winery, the motorcycle headed west on Golf Link Road. A short time later it left the road, and headed back north through a field on the winery property. Johnstone crashed when he hit a log near a private drive.
Johnstone was not injured. He was taken into custody and transported to the Saline County Jail.
Authorities say Johnstone was wanted on multiple warrants issued by the Kansas Department of Corrections. Follow this link to view a list of convictions.