Shawnee County authorities arrested a 44-year-old Auburn man on several felony charges after a Shawnee County police chase ended in Douglas County on Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 40 near Big Springs.
The chase began just after 9:30 a.m. after a Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a stolen gold 1989 Honda Accord near 10th Avenue and Wanamaker Road in Topeka, according to a release from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department.
The car fled onto Interstate 70 and back into Topeka, where an officer deployed spike strips near 21st Street and MacVicar Avenue, causing one of the rear tires on the car to deflate.
The driver of the car ran a red light in Topeka and struck another car at the intersection of 17th Street and Western Avenue in Topeka.
The chase continued onto U.S. Highway 40, and a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy deployed more spike strips near the county line, and caused the remaining tires on the car to deflate.
The car was then stopped just after 10 a.m. east of Big Springs on U.S. Highway 40, where the driver and a passenger, a 17-year-old girl from Topeka, were arrested without incident. Police recovered a handgun and trace amounts of methamphetamine from the car.
The girl was later released after deputies determined she was not involved with the stolen car or the driver’s intentions to flee police.
The Honda Accord was reported stolen on Dec. 16 from Hook’s Garage in Auburn.
The 44-year-old man was initially booked on felony charges, including possession of a stolen car, attempting to flee and elude an officer, criminal possession of a firearm and aggravated endangerment of a child. He was also charged with other misdemeanor charges and numerous traffic violations.