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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sheriff's Office vehicle pursuit leaves one dead

Posted: November 20, 2011 - 2:17am
Updated: November 20, 2011 - 3:50pm

UPDATE: This afternoon, the deceased driver has been identified as 21-year-old, Clayton R. Kessler of Hillsdale, Kansas. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the accident.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a fatality accident on southbound US 169 Highway at 215th Street in Spring Hill. Just before the crash, Deputies were in pursuit of a vehicle which one Deputy reported was "in excess of 140 miles per hour".

Seconds prior to the crash, Johnson County Deputies disregarded chasing the suspect vehicle, only described as a "Dodge Neon SRT-4". The vehicle is reported to have rolled several times and came to rest upside down. When the first Deputy arrived at the vehicle it was reported that the driver had been ejected from the vehicle. Johnson County Fire District 2 units were dispatched to the scene along with Johnson County Med-Act and Miami County EMS. 

After approximately 20 minutes of searching the area a subject was found, matching the description of the registered vehicle owner. That person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash also sparked a grass fire, which was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

As of 2:30 a.m., crews remain at the scene, investigating and working to confirm that there was only one occupant in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Southbound lanes of US-169 Highway is expected to remain closed until 8 or 8:30 a.m., according to an Emergency Dispatcher.

No further information was immediately available.

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