Rifle, more than 1,300 rounds of ammo found after Lawrence car chase

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Douglas County Sheriff's authorities say officers found an assault rifle and more than 1,300 rounds of ammunition in a car after a chase in Lawrence.

The Sheriff's Office says Vince Wyatt was arrested for possession of a weapon by a felon, aggravated assault, felony fleeing, and distribution of narcotics.

Sgt. Kirsten Channel says the chase began early Wednesday when a sheriff's deputy stopped a car in Lawrence for a traffic violation. He called for backup after seeing an AR-15 rifle in the car, and the suspect drove off.

During the 5-minute pursuit, Wyatt drove through several parking lots before striking an unoccupied, parked vehicle and nearly hitting a pedestrian. Officials say a search uncovered the rifle, ammunition and drugs.

State prison officials say Wyatt, 26, is on parole, with previous convictions including several felony burglaries in Leavenworth County.