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December 11, 1996


A 20-minute car chase led to the arrest of two women, who are suspected of stealing vehicles.

Two Kansas City, Kan., women were arrested on multiple charges after leading officers from five law enforcement agencies on a 20-minute car chase across two counties and speeds up to 80 mph Tuesday night.

The suspects were identified as Rachel Wylie, 22, and Shiela Sanstra, 32, both of Kansas City, Kan.

The incident began at 7:42 p.m., when the Douglas County sheriff's office began receiving calls about a suspicious vehicle attempting to ram garages and steal items in the southern part of the county.

At one of the residences, the two women allegedly stole two vehicles.

Officers spotted the vehicles and the chase began at 8:02 p.m. in southern Douglas County near Baldwin.

Details were not clear late Tuesday, but at one point at least one of the vehicles was abandoned in Franklin County and another was left in Douglas County.

Suspects led officers south along various county roads in Douglas and Franklin counties, reaching five miles north of Ottawa before heading back to the Baldwin area.

Three deputies and a sergeant from the Douglas County sheriff's office were involved in the chase, along with two or three deputies from Franklin County sheriff's office, and one officer each from the Eudora Police Department, Baldwin Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol.

The chase ended after the Kansas Highway Patrol used a "stop stick" -- a strand with spikes that is placed across the road. It flattened the tires of the suspect vehicle and stopped it safely, Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said.

There were no injuries.

"I was glad that they were able to stop them without wrecking the car or somebody getting hit," Anderson said.

Wylie was booked into the Douglas County Jail on charges of two counts of felony theft and a count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sanstra was booked on charges of aggravated burglary, attempting to elude, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and criminal damage to property.

Both women were being held without bond.

During the chase, the suspects allegedly threw several stolen items out of the vehicles, including a flashlight and a rifle.

No shots were fired, officials said.

Authorities were searching several roads late Tuesday attempting to retrieve all the items.

Anderson said he was surprised by the scope of the incident.

"It's the first time that I've heard of that many contacts of suspects going to that many places causing problems," he said.

"The most dangerous thing is when somebody is being chased, obviously there is a disregard for traffic laws."

It was not immediately clear if the women are suspects in other county burglaries, Anderson said.

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