One man was arrested in connection with a police chase Monday, but a second remained at-large Monday night.
Brandon Michael Helm, 19, of Lecompton, was charged with multiple crimes after his arrest.
About 12:30 p.m., a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop the men’s car. Instead of pulling over, the car fled, pursued by the trooper and, soon, other law officers.
Officials believe the silver Chevrolet the men were driving was stolen from the Kansas City area, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The high-speed chase went into Johnson County and back to Douglas County, where the patrol lost sight of the car. A Eudora police officer found the car abandoned a short time later, near East 2400 Road. The occupants had fled on foot into a wooded area, and Helm was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Several law enforcement officers continued to search for the second man Monday evening.
Staff at all three Eudora public schools took the precaution of locking their exterior doors after becoming aware of the police pursuit, said Kristin Magette, communications director for the district. The students’ school day routines and dismissal times were not affected, and parents were notified of the incident, she said.
This incident appears to be unrelated to a high-speed chase occurring earlier in the day on Kansas Highway 10, when police chased two suspects from the Missouri state line to Cedar Creek Parkway in Johnson County.
Helm is facing charges including fleeing or attempt to elude a law enforcement officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, theft, criminal damage to property and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon.
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