High Speed Chase After Shawnee Co. Burglary Report

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

David Dresch (Courtesy: Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office)
Justin Howbert (Courtesy: Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office)
Justin David Bond (Courtesy: Jackson Co. Sheriff)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A reported burglary leads to a high speed chase in Shawnee Co. early Thursday afternoon.

Officers first responded to the burglary call in the 7300 block of Urish Rd. shortly before 1:00 p.m., according to a statement from the Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office. The homeowner's son told authorities he spotted an unfamiliar green minivan pulling out of the driveway.

A deputy who was in the area noticed a green Oldsmobile minivan near the intersection of SW 53rd and Vorse Rd. that matched the son's description. When the deputy tried pulling the minivan over, the driver reportedly refused to stop and continued heading east on 53rd at a high rate of speed.

After a brief chase, a passenger jumped out of the van while it was still moving. The passenger, identified as Justin R. Howbert, 32, had to be taken to the hospital for injuries sustained from the jump.

Deputies eventually found the minivan near 45th and SW Burlingame Rd. After a quick foot chase, he was rounded up. Police identified the driver as 43 year-old David Dresch.

According to the Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office, Dresch was wanted there in connection with an October 8 burglary on the southwestern side of the Potawatomi Reservation.

They said a surveillance camera captured an image of a green van and two suspects near the location, 118th and G Road. Investigators believe they were able to determine who was in the van and issued warrants for Dresch as well as Justin David Bond, 25, of Topeka.

Anyone with information on Bond's whereabouts is asked to call the Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office at 785-364-2251.

The Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the incident.


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