Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2008

Police have to catch suspect twice after high-speed chase

September 25, 2008


A high-speed chase that started Wednesday night on U.S. Highway 59 about three miles north of the Baldwin Junction ended in south Baldwin City with a foot chase and arrest.

The suspect, Jon Neely, 41, faces nine charges, mostly felonies, related to the chase. After being taken to Douglas County Jail, he complained of a medical condition, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and escaped to bring even more charges before being captured again.

"He's a bad boy," said Baldwin City Police Sgt. Gregg Schiffelbein, adding that there isn't an indication of where the man is from, other than his car is registered in California.

Among the charges against him from Baldwin City are aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Schiffelbein said a Douglas County sheriff's deputy began pursuit on U.S. 59 but couldn't get the vehicle stopped and said it was headed for the Baldwin Junction.

"Another deputy called and said the vehicle was coming into Baldwin City at a high rate of speed," he said. "We set up at 11th and Ames and Eighth and Ames. He clipped a vehicle near Ninth and Ames at 70 to 80 miles per hour.

"We started pursuit but discontinued because there were a lot of people out," said Schiffelbein. "He continued through town and was westbound on High Street. He ran a stop sign at Eighth and High, and witnesses said he was traveling south."

Police found the vehicle abandoned at Eighth and Orange streets. Witnesses told police they saw a white male running from the vehicle.

"We located the suspect hiding in a field near the city (electrical) plant," he said. "A foot pursuit started, and a Taser was deployed. He broke away from the Taser, and foot pursuit continued."

Schiffelbein caught up with the man soon afterward, but not before he brought the aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer by twice picking up rocks and throwing them.


countrygirl 9 years, 6 months ago

Hwy 59 or 56? 59 doesn't go through Baldwin.

cmheck 9 years, 6 months ago

I bet it was fun tasering this guy!

countrygirl 9 years, 6 months ago

Ah, never mind. I missed the fact that he must have turned.

Raider 9 years, 6 months ago

"He's a bad boy," said Baldwin City Police Sgt. Greg SchiffelbeinThat's just classic!

dweezil222 9 years, 6 months ago

Good lord. I leave Baldwin City and it suddenly becomes exciting.

KrazyJ 9 years, 6 months ago

Pywacket-Well I'm not going to tell you EXACTLY where I live but it's above one of the businesses at 8th and High

spammer89 9 years, 6 months ago

I live in Baldwin and always miss the good stuff.

KrazyJ 9 years, 6 months ago

I live at 8th and High Streets in Baldwin and witnessed this event. Kudos to the Baldwin police for catching this nut. He was going to kill somebody the way he was driving.

somebodynew 9 years, 6 months ago

autie wins the gold star of the day!!!!

lily 9 years, 6 months ago

I'm with Raider. Got a good chuckle from that.

nicerackbilliards 9 years, 6 months ago

That's great news. Make sure you guys don't let him out. The law has been looking for him in California, We'll come and get him.Thanks for picking up the TRASH!Brad

thestarterwife 9 years, 6 months ago

madmike,you are definitely right about that...starting with his being a deadbeat i find out he's got another kid he won't be supporting...not sorry i kicked him to the curb...brad,toss him over to san diego child support services when you hook him

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