High Speed Chase With Deputies Lands Junction City Teen In Jail

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GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Junction City teen was arrested on a slew of charges Thursday stemming from a high speed chase along Interstate 70 and through city streets.

A deputy with the Geary County Sheriff’s Department spotted Adam Guzman, 19, in his Ford Thunderbird near US-77 and Old Highway 40, just south of I-70 Thursday afternoon. Guzman was wanted in connection with a domestic battery and child endangerment case handled by the Junction City Police Department and the deputy recognized him.

When the deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop, Guzman sped onto I-70 East and the chase got underway, Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf said.

Guzman went east of Junction City and turned around in the median in front of Fort Riley and started heading back west. He got off at Exit 298 and snaked through Junction City streets, getting back on I-70 East at Exit 296.

Sheriff Wolf says Guzman got off the interstate at Exit 298 again, went through the Wal-Mart parking lot and onto East Ash Street, continuing into Junction City. He took Saint Mary’s Road to Skyline Drive and finally stopped in the middle of the road in the 700 block of Skyline Drive where he was apprehended.

According to deputies, speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour on I-70 and more than 65 miles per hour on city streets during the chase.

No one was hurt. Troopers with the Kansas Highway Patrol assisted with the pursuit. Officials say in recent weeks, Guzman was also involved in another chase with troopers.

Guzman was arrested for Fleeing and Eluding, Driving While Revoked, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Possession of Marijuana.

“I’m proud of the deputies for the job that they did with this chase. They took a bad and dangerous situation and made it as safe as they could. As a result of that, no one got hurt and the bad guy went to jail,” Sheriff Wolf told WIBW.