2 in custody following early morning chase through Shawnee County

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Two people are in custody following an early morning chase in Shawnee County.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office reports at 4:40 a.m. a deputy attempted to stop a stolen black 1998 Ford Explorer near NW 46th and North U.S. 75, near the Petro Deli. The vehicle had been reported stolen a week earlier through the sheriff’s office.

Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones said the driver of the stolen vehicle failed to stop, beginning a chase. During the chase, the driver swerved towards an officer with the Capital Area State Police. Jones said the driver led officers into North Topeka where the Topeka Police Department took over the pursuit. The vehicle eventually came to a stop in the 1500 block of NE Jefferson Street where the occupant fled on foot and was later taken into custody in the area where the chase ended.

Police said Michael S. Lester, 32, of Topeka was booked for fleeing and attempting to elude police, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of stolen property, interference with a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and numerous traffic violations.

Michael S. Lester

Jones tells KSNT News a second suspect was arrested in the area where the chase ended and they are still investigating their involvement in the pursuit.

The incident is still under investigation.





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