One arrested after crashing stolen car into KHP patrol vehicle

Austen Burris
Austen Burris(Shawnee Co. Department of Corrections)
Published: Nov. 20, 2022 at 12:58 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One man is behind bars after crashing a stolen car into a Kansas Highway Patrol vehicle during a police chase in Shawnee County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol tells 13 NEWS that on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 16, officials spotted a stolen vehicle being driven in Shawnee Co. The driver was identified as Austen T. Burris, 32, who had multiple warrants already.

KHP indicated that as they attempted to stop Burris in the stolen vehicle, he sped away, gathering multiple traffic violations.

Officials noted that the chase ended when he hit a KHP patrol vehicle as well as another personal vehicle.

Burris was booked into the Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections for the following:

  • Battery on law enforcement officials
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield at a stop or yield sign
  • Improper driving on a laned roadway
  • Theft between $1,500 and $25,000
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement officials
  • Interference with law enforcement officials
  • Driving while license suspended
  • Failure to stop at an accident

The booking record also indicated that Burris was also being held on warrants for the following:

  • Aggravated battery
  • Failure to stop at an accident
  • Flee or attempt to elude
  • Reckless driving
  • Three counts of driving while suspended - 1st, 2nd and 3rd convictions
  • Unsafe turning or stopping - failure to give a signal
  • No vehicle liability insurance
  • Display plate not assigned to vehicle

As of Sunday afternoon, Burris remained behind bars on a $100,000 bond. Hs first court date is set for 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, with another scheduled at 9 a.m. on Jan. 3, a third scheduled at 9 a.m. on Feb. 14 and a fourth at 9 a.m. on March 1.