Wichita man arrestedafter brief pursuit





A Wichita man was arrested after authorities say he led law enforcement officers on a brief pursuit in a stolen vehicle Tuesday through the southwest part of Garden City.

Robert Wilson, 32, Wichita, was arrested by the Finney County Sheriff's Department on allegations of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, no drug-tax stamp, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement by engaging in reckless driving, driving while suspended, failure to stop at an accident resulting in great bodily harm, failure to obey a traffic control signal, aggravated battery and a warrant out of Bourbon County.

He also faces allegations from Garden City Police Department of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, interference with a law enforcement officer and aggravated burglary.

According to Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue, a deputy was idle at a stoplight at the intersection of Fulton and Main Street at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a black Chevrolet Blazer driven by Wilson sped through a red light past the deputy. A deputy tried to stop Wilson by flicking on his lights, but police say Wilson ignored the deputy's signal.

The deputy then pursued the vehicle through various parts of southwest Garden City, at speeds police say were 55 mph to 60 mph, exceeding the 30 mph limit in residential areas. During the chase, the sheriff's office discovered the Blazer had been reported stolen by Wilson's father in Wichita, and also learned of an outstanding warrant on Wilson out of Bourbon County.

The chase ended four minutes later when police say Wilson lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a residence at 515 Summit St., damaging its garage and front porch. Wilson then fled the vehicle on foot and forced his way into a residence at 517 Summit St., where Randy Ralston of the Garden City Police Department reported Wilson engaged in a struggle with an officer, and resisted arrest.

When authorities investigated the crash, they found a passenger in the vehicle. Amanda Spencer, 29, West Plains, Mo., who was transported by emergency medical services to St. Catherine Hospital. Bascue said they did not know the connection between Wilson and Spencer, but she was not taken into custody.

Deputies also found 21 grams of a substance they believe to be crystal methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

Wilson was lodged in the Finney County Jail on a bond of $170,000 combined between the police department and sheriff's office.

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