PAXICO, Kans. (KSNT) – Law enforcement agencies are looking for a man who hit an officer’s vehicle and jumped into the Kansas River east of Belvue.
According to Sheriffs of both Wabaunsee and Pottawatomie County, the Kansas Highway Patrol observed two vehicles on Highway 24 believed to have been stolen late Wednesday morning. A chase soon developed and went through St. Marys and into Wabaunsee County. Officers were able to catch up with one of the suspects in a stolen car and that person was taken into custody near Wamego.
The chase for the other suspect came to an abrupt end on the Paxico bridge over the Kansas River west of St. Marys when the car he was driving hit a Pottawatomie County sheriff’s vehicle who was positioned on the bridge with stop sticks. The suspect then jumped into the rapidly flowing Kansas River. The deputy in the car was checked for minor injuries. The car the suspect was driving was reported stolen from Topeka Wednesday morning.
Authorities urge people in the area to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings as they consider the suspect to possibly be armed and dangerous. They are telling people to lock their houses and vehicles and if they see anything that may help authorities, to call 911.
An airboat was launched from the Kaw River park area west of Topeka by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Pottawatomie County also has a boat in the water.