A fugitive has prompted officials in Ellsworth to change the location of a high school football game. Officials tell KSAL News that the Friday night game between Ellsworth and Southeast of Saline which was scheduled to be played in Ellsworth will instead by played at Southeast of Saline in Gypsum.
The game change comes after schools in Ellsworth were on heightened security as law enforcement searched for a suspect from a high speed pursuit.
On Wednesday, 26-year-old Scott Lutz led law enforcement officers in Reno County on a chase that reached speeds of 100-miles-per-hour through the northern part of the county in a Chevrolet Silverado. Authorities called off the chase due to public safety concerns after Lutz passed a school bus. He told authorities he won’t be taken alive.
Lutz has ties to the Russell and Ellsworth County areas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported early Friday morning that several troopers responded to Ellsworth county to assist the sheriff’s department with a driver, believed to be Lutz, that ran on foot following a chase. A ping from his cell phone was later picked up in the Geneseo area. Multiple local, county, and highway patrol officers headed to the area to help in the search. A command post was initially established at the intersection of K-14 / Avenue U.