KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A suspect driving a stolen vehicle is in custody after fleeing police and driving into a creek in Kansas City, Kan. on Monday, police said.
Officers reportedly attempted to pull over a driver in a stolen vehicle near 6th Street and Elmwood in Kansas City, Mo. shortly before noon, but the driver fled.
The driver refused to pull over, eventually making his way to 66th Street and Everett in KCK, where he drove down a dead-end street, through a wooded area and down into a ditch behind several homes.
A neighbor told FOX 4 he heard all the commotion as the driver “cruised down the dead-end street at 20 miles per hour.”
“These speeds ranged between 20 and 70 to 80 miles an hour,” said Lt. Col. Bob Gunja, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.
For more than 30 minutes, more than a dozen law enforcement officers from Wyandotte County, Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas City tracked the guy from the air and on the ground.
“It would up and down residential streets through the main streets like State Avenue and Parallel Parkway,” Gunja said.
The driver briefly drove through a creek until the vehicle stalled. He then fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended by Wyandotte County Sheriff’s deputies and KCK police officers.
“Surprised the hell out of me,” said one neighbor, J. R. Trezvant. “It was just funny because it’s real quiet around here. Don’t nothing like that happen over here.”
The suspect’s identity has not yet been released. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend spoke to the owner of the stolen Jeep, who told him her car was stolen in broad daylight Sunday afternoon just outside her place of employment. The woman says she left her key in the vehicle for less than five minutes before it was gone.