A Topeka woman has been arrested and charged following a Wednesday pursuit from Manhattan to I-70.
Riley County Police say 25-year-old Kala Auchard was taken into custody after a rollover crash at mile marker 318, about five miles east of the Manhattan exit, following a brief pursuit from the area near Pillsbury Drive. She’s charged with possession of stolen property and flee or attempt to elude.
Auchard remains jailed on a $10,000 bond.
Police were alerted to a theft at Walmart Wednesday afternoon and learned the vehicle Auchard was driving, too was stolen. The pursuit began about 45 minutes after the initial theft was reported. No injuries have been reported. Kansas Highway Patrol led the investigation and was assisted by RCPD.
Original story – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
A police pursuit involving a stolen vehicle began in Manhattan and ended with a rollover crash on Interstate 70.
The Riley County Police Department says dispatchers were notified around 1 p.m. Wednesday of a theft in the Walmart parking lot. It was determined the suspect involved in the theft was driving a stolen vehicle.
At around 1:45 p.m. officers began pursuing the stolen vehicle in the 1100 block of Pillsbury Drive. The driver led police onto I-70 at high rates of speed. Shortly before 2 p.m. the Kansas Highway Patrol became involved near the Geary/Riley County line
The pursuit ended after stop sticks were deployed. The driver continued on and flipped the vehicle near mile marker 318, about five miles east of the Manhattan exit.
Two individuals were taken into custody, without injury. Their names have not been released pending formal charges.