Authorities ID High-Speed Chase Suspect

By: Josh Mabry / Giang Nguyen
By: Josh Mabry / Giang Nguyen

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Kansas Highway Patrol troopers were led on a high-speed chase through parts of the Jefferson and Shawnee Counties before 2:00 p.m. Monday.

Speeds reached as high as 100 mph in 30 mph speed zones, according to some reports Tuesday.

A male driver, Joshua Hance, 28, and a female passenger in the suspect vehicle, a black Pontiac Grand Prix, were apprehended just before 2:00 p.m. near NE Sardou Ave. and NE Oakland Ave.

The female passenger was later questioned and released without charges.

At around 1:30 p.m. Monday, a trooper stopped the Grand Prix for speeding at 90 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone in Jefferson County.

The initial traffic stop was made on U.S.-24 Highway near the town of Grantville, KHP said in a statement. "While the trooper was in his vehicle completing paperwork, the driver backed up the vehicle he was traveling in, and pointed a handgun at the trooper," the statement said.

Witnesses say a KHP truck pursuing the Grand Prix crashed into it in a deliberate maneuver to stop it.

"The truck came up in front of them and hit it right there in the headlights and stopped him," Betsy Douglas, a witness, said.

Chris Lassen, who lives on Oakland Avenue, heard the sirens and came running out of his house toward the vehicle. Just before the crash, the Grand Prix had turned onto his street, a dead-end, pulling into the driveway just across from his home.

"I ran after him and he was about ready to get out of the car and he saw me running after him and he closed the door," Lassen said. "He took out a fence post, came back [out of Oakland] and that's where they got rammed," he said.

A gun was seen on the ground near the crash scene.

Lt. Joe Bullock, with KHP, said at least one other car accident was caused during the pursuit and was being worked by Topeka Police.

Topeka police, Shawnee County deputies and air support were called in for assistance in the pursuit.


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