Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Suspect appears to escape after high-speed chase through county

By The Herald Staff | 6/12/2013

Franklin County Sheriff’s officers helped the U.S. Marshal’s Service comb the county’s back roads Wednesday morning for a suspect from the Richmond area who led authorities on a high-speed chase in his green pickup.

“A federal agency was involved in a pursuit that started in the Richmond area, and they asked for our assistance,” Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. “I believe the U.S. Marshal’s Office was trying to serve a warrant.”

Franklin County Sheriff’s officers helped the U.S. Marshal’s Service comb the county’s back roads Wednesday morning for a suspect from the Richmond area who led authorities on a high-speed chase in his green pickup.

“A federal agency was involved in a pursuit that started in the Richmond area, and they asked for our assistance,” Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. “I believe the U.S. Marshal’s Office was trying to serve a warrant.”

Richards did not know what the warrant was for, he said. Authorities were not releasing the suspect’s identity.

Several Franklin County Sheriff’s patrol cars joined in the pursuit, which zigzagged across several county roads until the suspect crossed into Anderson County, where deputies from the Anderson County Sheriff’s office picked up the pursuit, Richards said.

“We called in a KHP (Kansas Highway Patrol) helicopter and offered the agency all the resources at our disposal,” Richards said. “I cannot tell you what happened after the chase crossed into Anderson County, but I don’t believe the suspect was apprehended.”

The Anderson County Sheriff’s office did not return calls Wednesday afternoon.

Scanner traffic Wednesday morning indicated the suspect, who was not identified, might have a shotgun in his possession, but authorities were not able to confirm that report. The suspect’s truck was described on the scanner as being a green GMC pickup with a green topper.

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