Police: Two men connected to shooting involved in North Topeka chase
One man was arrested and another questioned and released following a Monday police chase that ended in North Topeka.
Both were previously wanted in connection with a September shooting.
The Kansas Highway Patrol identified the driver of the vehicle as Dustin Dawdy, and his passenger as Noah Bigham.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says Capitol Police initially tried to stop a car around 2:15 p.m. at SW 6th and Topeka Blvd. for traffic violations, but the driver, Dawdy, sped off. KHP says one of the suspects threw a gun out of the car during the chase, that went through North Topeka streets and off-road through a field.
KHP says they called off the chase due to heavy traffic and dangerous driving conditions.
A short time later, another agency already in the area saw the two men run inside a home at NE Madison and Fairchild. Officers from multiple agencies surrounded the home with their guns drawn, ordering the suspects to come outside. Dawdy, Bigham, and a third person complied about 15 minutes later.
No one was injured. KHP says the third person lived at the residence, but could not say to what extent, if any, they were involved.
Dawdy was arrested on multiple charges: Felony flee and elude, felon in possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, felony obstruction, aggravated burglary, criminal damage, driving without a valid license, and for covering a license plate with an opaque material.
The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force had arrested Bigham Oct. 30th. He is charged with aggravated assault for the
at the Topeka Sports Cabaret that sent one person to the hospital.
He has a Jan. 2 preliminary hearing in the case. His bond initially was $75,000, but a judge reduced it to $15,000 at a Nov. 21st hearing, and Bigham was released from jail Nov. 27th.
Shawnee Co. District Attorney Mike Kagay said prosecutors objected.
"In any case where the defendant poses a danger to others or to community safety, I have directed my staff to object to any reduction of bond," Kagay said.
Bigham also is due in court Dec. 5th for a preliminary hearing in a separate case involving fleeing, obstruction, and drug distribution charges.
The Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office had also been looking for Dawdy regarding the September shooting. Investigators had said they thought he may have information. He does not yet face any charges related to the incident.