Archive for Tuesday, February 12, 2013

High-speed chase ends with suspect’s vehicle on fire east of Perry

February 12, 2013, 9:53 a.m. Updated February 12, 2013, 1:56 p.m.


A high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 24 from Topeka to Jefferson County Tuesday morning ended with a suspect's vehicle on fire in a field about four miles northeast of Perry.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers arrested the driver, Kyle E. Pearson, 26, near his disabled vehicle about 9:45 a.m. He was booked into Jefferson County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault.

Kyle E. Pearson

Kyle E. Pearson

The incident began on Highway 24, east of Topeka, when a trooper tried to stop a black Chevy pickup truck for obscured tags and tail lights and possibly illegal window tinting about 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to the patrol. The driver refused to stop and led troopers on a 100 mph chase east on Highway 24 into Jefferson County, the patrol said, though troopers slowed while passing through towns such as Grantville and Perry.

The highway patrol notified railroad officials to stop trains in the area and alerted Perry-Lecompton High School, said Donald Hughes, a highway patrol spokesman. Jefferson County sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit and used stop sticks to try to halt the truck.

The truck avoided those obstacles and was severely damaged as it went off the highway several times into fields, striking various objects on its path east, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said. The truck caught fire and stopped near Fifth Street and Phillips Road, where it burned completely.

Fire crews responded to the scene and put out the truck fire, and an ambulance was called as a precaution. Herrig said no one appeared to have been injured in the incident.

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A high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 24 from Topeka to Jefferson County Tuesday morning ended with a suspect's vehicle on fire in a field about four miles northeast of Perry.


Shockem211 5 years, 2 months ago

USD 343 (Perry-Lecompton) schools were on Lockdown from 8:50-9:05 due to this incident. I received an automated message around 10:20 notifying me of the Lockdown situation that had occured. I'm sure my child will tell me all about it this evening, but I'm glad to be informed prior to hearing the story from my child and then wondering what happened.

Kari Wempe 5 years, 2 months ago

Someone tell me why non moving violations are important enough to endanger lives of other drivers? 100 mph for window tinting, obstruction of a tag ID? I hope there is more to this story than what is written. Or perhaps the KHP should review their rules on high speed pursuits.

DillonBarnes 5 years, 2 months ago

What is the precedent set if law enforcement does not pursue those who run? Officer tries to pull you over? Simply step on the gas and get out of that ticket. He was not pursued because of non-moving violations, he was pursued because he attempted to run from the police.

tomatogrower 5 years, 2 months ago

The guy probably ran, because he had a lot more violations in his truck, which have burned up. Coincidence?

otto 5 years, 2 months ago

If you are willing to run there is probably a reason. Once the criminals find out you are just willing to give up they all run.

Kent Noble 5 years, 2 months ago

Why people run and get thereself involved in a high speed chase is the dumpest thing they can possibly do! You always get caught and it just adds to bigger fines and more time in jail along with the possibilty of killing someone else!! Stupid is is what stupid does!

somebodynew 5 years, 2 months ago

If the tag was deliberately covered up, then the probability is very high that the vehicle is stolen (he certainly drove it like it was), or he had just committed, or was on his way to commit, a crime where he didn't want his tag seen.

Either way probably a lot more than non-moving violations.

tomatogrower 5 years, 2 months ago

Pulling a car over because it doesn't have tags or the tags are obscured is a good idea. That's how they caught the low life, scum, Timothy McVeigh.

CHEEZIT 5 years, 2 months ago

I think they just have fun driving those Chargers fast!

yanman 5 years, 2 months ago

The media are very good about reporting these hi-speed chases but very poor about reporting the sentence these idiots receive based off their actions. It is obvious based off the number of hi-speed pursuits that occur on a daily and weekly basis across the country that the penalties are not severe enough. It was pure luck he didn't kill anybody in this chase. The blame the police mentality makes me ill and is a microcosm of what is wrong with society today. It’s not the person’s fault who is running from the police if someone gets hurt in these chases, it’s the police's fault for chasing him. No wonder we have an entitled society that feels nothing is ever their fault when something goes wrong.

purplesage 5 years, 2 months ago

More stellar judgment on the part of law enforcement. They got their adreneline rush and endangered the public over a 15-20 mile course. For all of the comments that suggest that it is justified because of what they ultimately found - hogwash. They didn't know. Fortunately, no innocent citizens were injured or killed, the driver survived, and none of our heroes were injured or killed either. Damages seem to confined to property damage. This high-speed chase nonsense needs to stop.

Bigdog66046 5 years, 2 months ago

Yes i hope the judge throws the book at this idiot for driving like he did, and putting others at risk.. Glad the police used their training to catch him without anyone getting hurt. GOOD JOB to all LEO involved for catching him!

jesse499 5 years, 2 months ago

Yes why don't we fire all the law enforcement and let the idiots run the world Oh I forgot they already are.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

when a trooper tried to stop a black Chevy pickup truck for obscured tags and tail lights and possibly illegal window tinting

---did the fire unobscure the plates?

seems the tinting would've been there before the car was heisted* if it were stolen. that is, unless Pearson is an arteeest.

purplesage 5 years, 2 months ago

It is a question of risk assessment: does the reason for a chase warrant the dangers involved? A suspect fleeing a person crime - like murder, rape, serious assault, etc. - needs to be stopped - NOW. A license plate offense doesn't meet muster on this account; There are other means avaialable to apprehend short of racing through populated areas and down heavily traveled highways. Communications can keep multiple units aware of the area a fleeing suspect is in or heading for; traffic and other surveillance cameras can track a vehicle; aerial surveillance is a possibility.

There are very few reasons that warrant 100+ mile an hour chases. There are some. But an obscured license plate and dark windows are not among them.

Bigdog66046 5 years, 2 months ago

Did you think that some people who commit murder obscure their tags so they can't be identified? If they run they need to be caught. If they are always let go if they run then everyone would run. We need to punish people heavily when they run and and risk people's lives. Thank the police, not complain about them!

Kari Wempe 5 years, 2 months ago

The orginal article said nothing about an aggrevated assult, just mentioned non- moving viollations. Hence the question. Better reporting next time.

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