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March 16, 2013

Convicted felon leads police on chase near Wichita Children’s Home

What started off as a traffic stop Friday night for a defective tag light ended with a 41-year-old man booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon, drug charges, several traffic violations and a warrant from the Kansas Department of Corrections.

What started off as a traffic stop Friday night for a defective tag light ended with a 41-year-old man booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon, drug charges, several traffic violations and a warrant from the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Sgt. Bruce Watts said police stopped the man about 11 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of North Hydraulic when he took off.

Officers called off the chase at Ninth and Volutsia. The man parked his vehicle behind the Wichita Children’s Home in the 800 block of North Holyoke and exited the vehicle while holding a shotgun, Watts said. Police identified him as a convicted felon, Watts said.

Another man in the car fled from police. The case is under investigation.

The man, identified as Soulakhone Nola on the jail’s booking report, remained in the Sedgwick County Jail on Saturday afternoon in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

The charges against him took up more than one page on the jail’s booking report Saturday morning.

They included criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful cultivation or distribution of illegal drugs, fleeing or eluding law enforcement with five or more moving violations, obstruction of justice, possession of drug paraphernalia, disobeying traffic lights and several counts of running a stop sign or yield sign and failing to signal in addition to the original defective light that led to the chase.

The state had issued a warrant against the man, accusing him of a parole violation, records show.

Department of Corrections records show Nola was convicted of attempted murder. Sedgwick County District Court records show he had been convicted of previous drug crimes.

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