One in custody after attempt to outrun deputies lands stolen SUV in creek

Few details are being released about a crash that left a vehicle mangled in east Topeka.
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 9:39 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One woman is in custody after she attempted to outrun deputies in Shawnee Co. but ended up wrecking a stolen SUV into the Shunganunga Creek.

The Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office says Julie A. Wise, 27, of Topeka, was arrested and booked into jail for an overnight wreck that left an SUV mangled in the Shunganunga Creek near SE 2nd and SE Rice Rd. on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Officials said that just before midnight on Tuesday, deputies saw a white 2005 Infiniti QX56 in the 3300 block of SE 6th St. speeding north on SE Rice Rd. Deputies attempted to catch up to the vehicle in order to conduct a traffic stop, however, the driver, later identified as Wise, lost control, crashed through the guardrail and went airborne. The vehicle crashed into the north edge of Sunganunga Creek.

By the time deputies could make it down into the creek bed, the Sheriff’s Office said Wise was crawling out of the wrecked vehicle.

Wise was arrested on the spot and it was found that she had a felony warrant for her arrest out of the State of Missouri as well as a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest through Shawnee Co. The vehicle had also been reported stolen through the Topeka Police Department.

Julie Wise, 27, was booked into the Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections Wed., Sept. 21 at 5:20 p.m.
Julie Wise, 27, was booked into the Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections Wed., Sept. 21 at 5:20 p.m.(Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections)

Officials said Wise was given medical attention at the scene and then was taken into a local hospital via AMR with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office said that Wise is still receiving medical attention, however, she will be booked into jail when officials are able on the following:

  • Fugitive from justice - arrest prior to requisition
  • Reckless driving
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Interference with law enforcement
  • Operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license
  • Speeding
  • Improper turn
  • Failure to signal
  • Failing to check for safe passage before passing from a single lane

A wrecker service was on-scene to tow the vehicle away around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Facebook Live: Report by 13's Phil Anderson about a crash near 2nd & SE Rice Rd., recorded around 9:25 a.m.

The incident remains under investigation.