2 arrested following early morning chase in Shawnee County

Chelsea Hazel Stinnett

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Two people were arrested early Tuesday morning following a police chase in Shawnee County.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office says at 3:00 a.m. a deputy attempted a traffic stop on a 2013 Hyundai Elantra for speeding and improper display of registration near SE 21st and Croco Rd. The driver failed to stop for the deputy and began driving at a high rate of speed, initiating a pursuit.

The pursuit continued through Aquarian Acres, west on SE 29th to California, and then south on California to 42nd St.  The driver attempted to turn west on to SE 42nd when the vehicle struck a gas line and came to rest.

The driver, Chelsea H. Stinnet, 22, of Topeka, and a passenger, Joel R. Smith, 38, of Topeka, both fled the scene on foot.  After a brief foot chase, Stinnet was taken into custody.  Smith was also taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries resulting from the wreck.

After an early investigation at the scene it was determined the Hyundai was stolen from a residence on SE Hackberry.

Stinnet was transported to jail and booked on charges of possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia for distribution, possession of stolen property, felony flee and elude, reckless driving and other traffic violations.

Smith is charged with possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia for distribution.  Additionally, he has a felony warrant for aggravated burglary and a misdemeanor warrant for theft of property.

The incident is still under investigation.


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