Driver at large after chase


September 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM

A motorist remains at large following a chase that originated in Iola early Saturday and went through Allen, Neosho and Wilson counties before the driver fled on foot.
Iola police officers received a call at about 5 a.m. about a motorist pointing a firearm at the driver of another vehicle near the intersection of Madison Avenue and State Street.
The other driver alerted police, and briefly followed the car, a Ford Escort, until officers spotted the offending driver just outside Iola’s city limits, Police Chief Jared Warner reported.
The driver refused to stop.
Eventually, other agencies assisted in the pursuit, including the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Humboldt Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol and agencies in Neosho and Wilson counties.
After the chase ended and the driver exited the vehicle, law enforcement conducted a lengthy search of the vehicle. Warner said a K-9 unit was involved in the search as well.
They found a short-barreled shotgun and a pellet gun equipped with a laser sight.
At least one of the weapons, and the license tag on the vehicle, apparently had been stolen from a residence in Yates Center, Warner said.
Warner said officers believe they know the suspect’s identity. The suspect’s name has not been released.
Information is being obtained in order for officers to request an arrest warrant, the chief said.
Anybody with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call 365-4960.

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