NH Man Leads Saline Co. Deputies On Bizarre Chase

Saline County Sheriff's Office
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SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -- The Saline County Sheriff's Office was inolved in a bizarre, 43-minute chase Saturday morning.

It began when a deputy clocked a passing car on Interstate 70, travelling at over 90 mph. The deputy began pursuit of the driver as he traveled west towards Salina. The car was spraypainted with derogatory statements about law enforcement.

The suspect was able to drive around spikes that were set up at the junction of I-70 and Highway 81. Eventually, the suspect drove into a soybean field.

Sheriff Glen Kochanowski says the suspect then drove the car in circles for 40 minutes while law enforcement set up a perimeter around the field, blocking off the man's exits. at times, the suspect threw blankets, CDs and other items out of the car. At one point, the vehicle slowed down to around 5 miles per hour and the suspect climbed out and "surfed" on the car's roof.

The Sheriff says the man was yelling bible verses at officers, making faces and even flashed peace signs. Deputies did pepper spray the driver several times while he was inside the car.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Aaron S. Jansen of Dover, New Hampshire, eventually surrendered to deputies. He's being held on charges of fleeing and eluding, obstruction, reckless driving and speeding.

At the time of his arrest, Jansen was wearing a cowboy hat, boots and a woman's dress. He also has a warrant out of Dickinson County, where he is accused of spray painting "Help me" on the tailgate of a pickup and leaving behind his billfold, which included his identification.

Posted by: Nick Viviani