A high-speed pursuit that began in south Salina ended when the suspect drove over stop spikes in Ellsworth County early Friday morning.
Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester said Friday that an officer was driving in south Salina about 12:20 a.m. Friday when he noticed a maroon Chevrolet Equinox that seemed to be trying to evade the officer. When the officer called it in, another officer suggested that the driver of the Equinox might be William Donahue, Jr., 19, of Salina, who was wanted on four Saline County District Court warrants and three Salina Municipal Court warrants, Forrester said. He also was wanted on for questioning in multiple cases, Forrester added.
The officer continued pursuing the Equinox as it pulled onto northbound Interstate 135 (I-135) from Magnolia. Another officer was able to pull alongside the vehicle and positively identify Donahue as the driver, Forrester said. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it exited I-135 at State Street and then went westbound on Kansas Highway 140 (Old 40). Forrester said speeds reached 100 mph and the vehicle blew through Brookville at 80 mph.
Forrester said Salina police had to stop their pursuit in the western part of Saline County because they had no radio contact with dispatchers and other law enforcement personnel. At that point, the Kansas Highway Patrol and then the Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office took over the pursuit. Ellsworth County deputies were able to lay down stop spikes and stop the vehicle, Forrester said. Donahue was taken into custody and brought back to the Saline County Jail.
Forrester said that in addition to the warrants, Donahue was arrested on suspicion of the following.
- Theft (from a March 9 case at Menards)
- Obstruction (from a case on March 10)
- Felony flee and elude
- Driving while suspended
- Improper lane usage