2 arrested after fleeing police and crashing into cow north of Topeka

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Kan. — Two people were arrested after fleeing from officers in northeast Kansas and crashing into a cow and a fence, authorities said.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said 18-year-old Skye Joe Covers Up, of Mayetta, Kansas, and 21-year-old Santana Kay Noriega, of Holton, Kansas, were both arrested after the chase on Saturday afternoon.

Morse said the cow that they hit with their car suffered two broken legs and was expected to be euthanized.

The chase began after a Jackson County, Kansas Sheriff’s deputy pulled over the Chevrolet Malibu that Covers Up was driving. Covers Up fled southeast into neighboring Jefferson County until the car struck spikes that officers deployed and crashing into a farm fence and striking the cow.

Covers Up and Noriega fled on foot after the crash. Noriega was arrested quickly, and Covers Up was arrested a couple hours later after a search of the area.

Covers Up was arrested on suspicion of fleeing police, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and several other charges. Noriega was charged with possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.

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