Driver of Stolen Truck Tries Eluding Police to Escape Arrest

Topeka Police say Tommy Sherrill Sr., 39, attempted to run from police after wrecking the stolen truck he was driving. A K-9 unit helped catch Sherrill.

Tommy Sherril Sr.

TOPEKA, Kan. - On the morning of May 5th, 12:26 a.m., a Topeka Police K-9 officer noticed a vehicle he thought to be suspicious in the central Topeka area.

Taking the initiative, he followed the full size pick-up until he could check what information he was able to obtain prior to stopping the truck.

The officer discovered the truck had been reported stolen with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s office. The officer initiated a felony car stop and initially the driver of the stolen truck stopped near SW Munson & Clay.

Police say the driver stopped the truck, stepped out into the street, and turned to face the officer. But then as another Topeka Police officer arrived, police say the man got back in the truck and accelerated initiating a pursuit.

The pursuit lasted less than 1 ½ minutes, before the suspect hit two parked cars on SW 11th near Taylor disabling the stolen truck. He then fled on foot.

The K-9 officer used his K-9 partner’s assistance to apprehend the suspect when the felon fled between two houses approximately 40 yards from the stolen wrecked truck.

The suspect sustained several cuts and abrasions on his leg from fighting against K-9 control and resisting arrest.

A TPD supervisor transported the suspect, Tommy Lynn Sherrill Sr., 39, to a local hospital were he received prompt medical attention and released back to the custody of Topeka Police.

He was then transported to the Shawnee County Department of Corrections and booked on the following charges: Felony Possession of Stolen Property, Felony Fleeing and Alluding, Felony Obstruction, Possession of Methamphetamine, Reckless Driving, Driving on Suspended Drivers License, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Police say the stolen truck was a green 1995 GMC Sierra pickup.

Police are continuing to investigate and ask that anyone with information call detectives at 368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at 234-0007.


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