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High-speed chase ends in front of Sedgwick County Jail

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at 12:23 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at 4:54 p.m.

A motorcyclist who led deputies on a chase early Tuesday ended up driving himself right to jail, a Sedgwick County sheriff’s official said Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly said it unfolded this way:

Around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, deputies tried to stop a Suzuki motorcycle for traffic violations at I-135 and Hydraulic. But the driver accelerated, and a chase began north on Southeast Boulevard.

At one point during the chase, in which speeds hit 100 mph, the pursuit was called off because a passenger was riding on the motorcycle, Mattingly said.

The rider dropped off his female passenger at Morris and Pattie, and the chase resumed as the motorcycle went east toward First and Oliver, where a deputy in the pursuit struck and severed a large tree with the patrol car while trying to turn onto First. The deputy was not injured; the patrol car had significant damage, Mattingly said.

Other deputies continued to chase the motorcyclist, until the 24-year-old Wichita man stopped in front of the Sedgwick County Jail and surrendered, according to Mattingly’s account.

“He drove right to the front of the jail and stopped,” Mattingly said. “I don’t know why he did that.”

Mattingly noted the man was wanted on warrants.

He was booked into jail on the warrants and on suspicion of fleeing and eluding and of possessing stolen property, Mattingly said. The motorcycle was reported stolen in a Wichita Police Department case.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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