Crime & Courts

Chase ends after Wichita woman jumps in pond, police say

A 22-year-old Wichita woman went to jail soaked on Monday night after leading police on a car chase and then jumping into a pond in northeast Wichita.

Makenzie Marie Simmer was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding officers, auto theft, driving with a suspended license and several traffic violations.

Wichita Police Department Officer Charley Davidson said the chase started around 11:30 p.m. near 13th and Harding when an officer spotted a 2017 Honda Civic with an illegal tag.

Simmer, Davidson said, led officers on a chase that ended when she hit a pole and a tree. The wreck happened near a curve where Lawrence Lane and Rutland Street meets. That’s near 13th and Rock Road.

“Simmer then fled from the vehicle on foot and jumped into a nearby pond,” Davidson said. “Simmer was arrested after just a few minutes when exiting the pond.”

Davidson said the Honda was stolen overnight between Oct. 24 and 25 from a house on the 1900 block of South St. Francis.

Michael Stavola covers breaking news at The Wichita Eagle. He’s won a national and several state awards during his five years of working at newspapers in Kansas. He plans to finish his MBA at Wichita State University in spring 2020. Michael likes to exercise, hunt and spend time with his wife and their dog, Marley.