Jefferson County — Jefferson County Sheriff's officers are trying to sort out details of a crime spree early Tuesday involving three stolen vehicles and two police chases.
Two people - a man and a juvenile boy - were taken in for questioning concerning the incidents after they were found walking along U.S. Highway 59, Sheriff Jeff Herrig said. The suspects were booked into Jefferson County Jail on arrest warrants from Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. Jefferson County charges are pending.
The series of incidents began shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday when an officer in Oskaloosa became suspicious of a vehicle and tried to stop it. The driver led the officer on a car chase that ended when the car struck a parked vehicle. The driver fled on foot.
A short while later a pickup truck was stolen in the southern part of town and was spotted by an officer who pursued it, Herrig said. The chase ended up in the area of Williamstown with the truck traveling through farm fields, Herrig said. It ended when the truck crashed at a railroad embankment, he said.
Douglas County officers and a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter assisted with the search.
A third vehicle also was reported stolen in southern Jefferson County before the man and boy were picked up, Herrig said.