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Friday, November 6, 2015

Olathe man arrested after trying to lure officers into pursuit

Posted: November 6, 2015 - 4:36am
Updated: November 7, 2015 - 1:53am

A 20-year-old Olathe man is being held on $10,000 bond after he tried to get officers to chase his modified Mercedes-Benz in northwestern Shawnee Friday morning.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. a Shawnee officer patrolling the area attempted to stop a silver Mercedes-Benz that was driving west on 47th Street near Chouteau Street. The driver failed to yield to the officer and accelerated away. The officer did not give chase.

Seconds later the officer reported that the car he had just tried to stop had "wrecked out" at the intersection of 47th Street and Kansas Highway 7.

Police caught up with the speeding car after it crashed
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The car jumped a curb, breaking at least two of the wheels on the 2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG. The car's airbags also deployed in the crash. The driver was not injured and he was quickly taken into custody.

Police are investigating whether or not this is the same man who has repeatedly tried to get officers to chase him. Since early summer there have been numerous reports, from law enforcement agencies across Johnson County, of a silver Mercedes-Benz with a loud exhaust trying to get officers to chase.

Timothy Garrett Wottlin, 20, of Olathe, Kansas
Charged after attempting to elude Shawnee Police
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The Johnson County District Attorney's office has charged 20-year-old Timothy G. Wottlin with misdemeanor fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and misdemeanor driving without an ignition interlock device.

County records show Wottlin was arrested in October 2014 for driving under the influence. He was granted diversion in January 2015. A motion to revoke Wottlin's diversion was filed on November 3, 2015.

The Kansas Highway Patrol arrested Wottlin in September for speeding. He subsequently pleaded guilty to driving without an ignition interlock device on October 20, 2015.

Wottlin is being held on $10,000 bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for November 12.

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