HARVEY COUNTY, Kansas – The Harvey County Sheriff’s Department says officers were called to investigate several car burglaries Tuesday night. The burglaries began around 9 p.m. in the 2300 block of North Oliver. While investigating, a call came out of another burglary occurring at the Newton Airport.
Deputies say they observed a car leaving the airport and tried to stop it. The car failed to stop and a chase ensued. During the pursuit, the driver threw numerous objects from the car including a shot gun, rifle, and paperwork belonging to earlier burglaries. The suspect also avoided three sets of spike sticks.
As the chase continued, a Harvey County deputy and a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper were involved in an accident near Hertzel Road and Southwest 84th Street in Harvey County. The deputy and trooper both received minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. They have since been released.
The chase continued into northern Sedgwick County, where officers eventually found the suspects car, a Ford Escape, in a ditch near 73rd and Ridge Road. Inside the car, officials found multiple weapons, stolen items, and stolen items from the airport. Officers set up a perimeter in the area and began a search for the suspect on foot. At this time, the suspect is still on the loose.
The case has been turned over to the Harvey County Sheriff Investigators for follow-up and documentation of all stolen property. Owners of the property will be contacted by the sheriff’s office.