Eudora Authorities continued their search Tuesday for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old in Eudora.
Eudora Police Department officers, Douglas and Leavenworth County sheriff's deputies and the Kansas Highway Patrol searched Tuesday about two miles north of Eudora for the suspect.
Late Monday afternoon, a Eudora child reported a sex crime. About 5:30 p.m., a Eudora officer flashed his lights to warn a driver to slow down, but the driver, who police say was the suspect in the sex crime, sped up. The officer pursued the vehicle, which went north out of Eudora, crossed railroad tracks on Leavenworth County Road 1 and narrowly missed being hit by an oncoming train.
Eudora Police Chief Greg Dahlem said officers saw the driver lose control of his vehicle just before the train obscured their view. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Upon finding the vehicle, officers were able to determine the vehicle was registered to the man suspected of the sexual assault.
"Until he crashed, we didn't know this was our suspect. After that, we put two and two together," Dahlem said.
Dahlem said the car was totaled, which led them to believe the driver likely was injured.
Officers suspended the search after dark and then resumed the search again by foot and air about 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Dahlem said the search ended at 2 p.m. with no results.
Dahlem said they are searching for a white man who is 5-foot-11-inches tall, weighs approximately 240 pounds and has dark hair.
Anyone with any information on the case or who observes a man matching that description in the Eudora area should call Eudora Police at 542-3121 or 843-0250, or the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 841-0007.
Police are also investigating claims that the suspect may be connected to two more sexual assault victims.
Dahlem also notified the Bonner Springs Police Department that the suspect has family in the area.
The suspect has been convicted in the past of several crimes - mostly burglaries - and he was on parole at the time of Monday's alleged incident.
He had been in and out of correctional facilities from 2002 to 2007.