Search ends in north Topeka, suspect still on the run

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) --- Authorities are clearing the scene in north Topeka where numerous officers from several agencies had been searching for a suspect along North Kansas Ave., near Soldier Creek.

Special response team officers entered a house in the area and 13 News' Shawn Wheat says the suspect was not in that house.

Right after clearing that scene, several police cruisers were seen racing away to another scene with lights and sirens.

N. Kansas Ave. had been blocked both ways while officers conducted the suspect search.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the initial chase started when a KHP trooper tried to stop a stolen black pickup near NW Topeka Blvd. and NW Lyman Rd. It lasted about seven minutes, during which the driver cut through fields.

When he pulled back onto the road, the suspect reportedly struck a trooper's vehicle near the NW Lyman and NW Myrtle intersection.

The trooper whose vehicle was not injured, KHP says.

The suspect abandoned the stolen vehicle at NE Quincy St. and NE Pine Lane intersection and took off on foot, authorities say. Police then spent hours searching homes in the area, checking cars going in and out of the area, and surveying the area from an aircraft.

The suspect is described as a man wearing a black hoodie with facial hair. Police say he should be considered dangerous.

People in the area are asked to be on alert and to keep their doors and vehicles locked. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.