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October 21, 2013

Driver of stolen car may be linked to burglaries, authorities say

A man taken into custody following a high-speed chase on Sunday may be linked to several recent burglaries, authorities said.

A man taken into custody following a high-speed chase on Sunday may be linked to several recent burglaries, authorities said.

A Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy spotted a blue 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at Murdock and Cleveland at about 3 p.m. Sunday, Lt. David Mattingly said. When he checked the tag number, he learned that car had been reported stolen.

The deputy activated his patrol car’s lights and siren, prompting the driver of the Monte Carlo to speed away. The pursuit went south on I-135, then to the junction with I-235 and back north into west Wichita, Mattingly said. Speeds reached 115 mph at times during the chase.

Tire deflation devices were deployed at I-235 and K-42, he said, and the right front tire of the car was flattened. Because he was not able to maintain speed with the deflated tire, the 31-year-old driver of the Monte Carlo stopped just north of Kellogg on I-235.

When he was taken into custody, Mattingly said, the driver told law enforcement officers that he had ingested meth during the chase. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

“As soon as he’s released from the hospital, he’s going to our jail,” Mattingly said.

He faces potential charges that include flee and elude, driving under the influence of drugs and possession of a firearm by a felon.

“I suspect there will be additional charges added,” Mattingly said. “I just don’t know when.”

The car was reported stolen as part of a burglary, he said, and there were items in the car that investigators think may be linked to a number of burglaries in Wichita and the southern part of the county.

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