Driver in May 2nd wreck that critically injured woman captured

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 11:52 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Officials say the motorcycle driver involved in a May 2, 2022 wreck that critically injured his female passenger has been taken in to custody.

Topeka Police say Austen T. Burris, 31, of Topeka had been on the run for eight days, eluding authorities twice. The first time happened Sunday, May 1, 2022 in the 3500 block of SW 29th Terrace.

The Topeka Police Department says that night around 10:30 p.m. officers attempted to stop a motorcycle driven by Burris for multiple violations. Instead of stopping, he sped away. Officials say he was the only person on the motorcycle at the time.

TPD’s second attempt to pull Burris over came around 2 a.m. on May 2, 2022. Officers said they again saw Burris on his motorcycle - this time with a passenger - and attempted to stop him in the area of 17th and SW Western. Burris again sped off. They said they again chose not to pursue him as he was last seen westbound on SW 17th.

Around 10 minutes later, officers say they located Burris’ bike, and his female passenger critically injured near SW 16th and College.

(Video Only) Topeka Police say a woman was critically injured in the early morning hours of May 2, 2022 near SW 16th and College in Topeka.

Burris appeared to have fled on foot.

On Monday, May 9 officers said they found Burris on an attempt to locate at 3513 SW 19th St. and arrested him.

Burris was booked into the Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections for Aggravated Battery; Failure to stop at an accident, resulting in Great Bodily Injury; Felony Elude; Reckless Driving; Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License.

As of Tuesday, May 10, officials say the woman remained in critical condition.

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