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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Burglary suspect rams Shawnee police vehicle, leads officers on 40-mile chase

Posted: October 14, 2014 - 3:44am
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 12:10am

Bent push bumper on the K-9 vehicle
Photo released by the City of Shawnee
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Shawnee Police are investigating after a K-9 officer's vehicle was backed into by an aggravated burglary suspect early Tuesday.

At 2:08 a.m. the officer reported that his patrol vehicle had been "rammed" in the parking lot of the QuikTrip at 20605 Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Sgt. Tom Lynch said in a news release that the officer, "observed a white Ford Edge that has been reported used in several aggravated burglaries and criminal use of financial cards in Shawnee and other cities in Johnson County."

According to Sgt. Lynch, "the officer notified Shawnee dispatch he would be checking on a suspicious vehicle, and the white male driver of the Ford Edge backed up and rammed the patrol car, while the officer was inside the vehicle."

The driver of the Ford Edge fled the parking lot eastbound on Shawnee Mission Parkway from Woodland Road at speeds well over the posted speed limit. The suspect turned onto southbound Interstate 435 where he accelerated to 110 miles per hour in his attempt to elude officers.

Two Shawnee police officers continued to pursue the vehicle across the state line into Kansas City, Missouri.

Shawnee officers reported "damp roads" as they passed Holmes Road and continued to the east side of the Interstate 435 loop and northbound towards Interstate 70.

The suspect led officers onto eastbound Interstate 70, passing the Truman Sports complex at around 100 miles per hour.

Kansas City, Missouri officers were able to catch up and join the pursuit east of Blue Ridge Cutoff.

Shawnee officers continued in pursuit as the suspect took the ramp from eastbound I-70 to Noland Road and then immediately re-entered eastbound I-70, to avoid spike strips laid by Independence, Missouri officers.

Other Independence officers were able to get spike strips down in front of the suspect vehicle as they reached the western city limits of Blue Springs, Missouri.

With the vehicle's tires deflating, the chase slowed to around 20 miles per hour as they approached Northeast Adams Dairy Parkway. The vehicle came to a stop just to the east of Adams Dairy Parkway and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

Google map with the pursuit's path marked in blue.
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The pursuit covered about 40 miles, in just over 30 minutes.

Sgt. Lynch says the pursuit was for aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer.

"Neither the suspect, the officers involved, nor any civilians were injured in this incident," Sgt. Lynch said in the news release.

Shawnee officers were assisted by several other agencies including: Kansas City, Missouri Police, Jackson County, MO. Sheriff's Office, Independence Police, and Blue Springs Police.

Several Johnson County agencies attempted to assist in the pursuit. However, due to Shawnee officers initially calling the pursuit on an encrypted radio channel, few officers were able to monitor the approaching chase and did not have enough time to get in place ahead of the suspect vehicle.

Operation 100 News has been able to confirm that the suspect vehicle was displaying a switched license plate and the driver was wanted in connection to at least two aggravated burglaries in Johnson County.

The suspect is being held in Jackson County, Missouri Jail and has not been formally charged in Johnson County, Kansas.

Bent push bumper on the K-9 vehicle
Photo released by the City of Shawnee
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