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Guns tossed from SUV in Harvey County chase; stolen plane prop found

Someone fleeing from Harvey County deputies threw guns from a stolen Ford Escape, and authorities recovered the SUV in Sedgwick County with other weapons and stolen property inside, including a $14,000 airplane prop, officials said Wednesday.

The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office gave the following account.

At about 9 p.m. on Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of vehicle burglaries in the 2300 block of North Oliver Road. They then received a call about another burglary happening at the Newton City/County Airport. Deputies saw a Ford Escape speeding from the airport and pursued it. The Escape was stolen from Butler County.

During the chase, the driver threw many things from the SUV, including a shotgun, a rifle and paperwork from vehicles in the earlier burglaries, the sheriff’s office said. The driver avoided three sets of spike sticks in Harvey County.

“Speeds reached 100 mph,” the office said.

As a sheriff’s deputy chasing the Escape slowed to turn at 84th and Hertzler, a Kansas Highway Patrol vehicle hit the deputy’s vehicle in the rear, and it went spinning into a ditch and hit a telephone pole, the office said. The highway patrol trooper’s vehicle became disabled in the road. The deputy and trooper were taken to Newton Medical Center for evaluation and released.

The chase continued into Sedgwick County, where deputies lost sight of the Escape near Tyler and 77th. A resident called to report that a vehicle was in a field at 73rd and Ridge, and it turned out to be the Escape. Deputies couldn’t find the suspect. But in the Escape they found a number of weapons and stolen property, including a $14,000 airplane prop, from the earlier burglaries, the sheriff’s office said.

Harvey County investigators are documenting the stolen property and contacting the owners, the office said.

Tim Potter: 316-268-6684, @terporter

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