By Jackie Nelson
Thursday afternoon, Hesston police officers were involved in six-department high-speed chase that ended with the subject in custody and a Hesston Police Department SUV a charred hull.
The call began as a gas theft with a stolen tag in Canton, and evolved into a chase that went down Ridge Road, onto North Newton on K-15 and I-135 according to Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder, who was involved in the pursuit.
During the chase, Schroeder said the suspect ran two officers off the road.
"On Dutch Ave. the man intentionally came into my lane of traffic, head-on, and tried to run me off the road. He did the same thing to a Newton unit and a KHP Unit at Dutch Ave and Hoover. Those two had to put their cars in the ditch to avoid a head on collision," he said.
Schroeder said he anticipates the suspect will come up on several charges, including aggravated assault of a police officer.
The Hesston patrol vehicle, driven by Officer Crowe, the newest member of the department, accompanied by his field training officer Chris Carter, was lost to a fire when officers pulled onto the side of the road after the suspect crashed.
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