Trucker Charged In 3-County Chase Waives Prelim

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WESTMORELAND, Kan. (AP) _ The trucker who allegedly led deputies
on a chase through three northeast Kansas counties has waived his
preliminary hearing.

Robert Smith, of Salina, waived the hearing during an appearance
Wednesday in Pottawatomie County Court. Prosecutors have filed 11
charges against him, including attempted second-degree murder and
aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

WIBW reports ( that the chase in October stretched from Shawnee County to just north of Wamego. Four people were hospitalized.

Authorities say the chase began after the trucker rammed his
18-wheel semitrailer into a pickup on I-70 just west of Topeka. It ended hours later when the rig became stuck in a yard.

Smith will be arraigned Dec. 22.

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