Dec 02, 2019 5:01 PM

Salina man leads SPD, SCSO on 2 chases; ditch puts end to 2nd chase

Posted Dec 02, 2019 5:01 PM

Kristofer Allen. Photo courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office

A 22-year-old Salina man was arrested Sunday after leading law enforcement personnel on two separate high speed chases over the weekend.

Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester said Monday that just before 8 p.m. Friday, an officer at the intersection of South Broadway Boulevard and West Crawford Street observed a northbound dark-colored passenger car with a temporary tag and without its lights on making a left turn onto West Crawford Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the car stopped in the 700 block of Cherokee Drive, Forrester said.

As the officer got out of the patrol car, the suspect car took off south on Cherokee Drive and then turned right on Choctaw Avenue, heading back to West Crawford Street at speeds of up to 60 mph, he said. The car then headed west on West Crawford Street, and as it crossed Interstate 135 (I-135), it accelerated to 95 mph, Forrester said. At that point, the officer terminated pursuit, he added.

Then, at 1:57 a.m. Sunday, an officer spotted a 2006 black Nissan Altima with a 60-day tag traveling southbound in the 600 block of South Fifth Street, Forrester said. The vehicle turned west onto West Crawford Street with the officer following, he said. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop at West Crawford Street and Whittinghill Avenue, but the Altima accelerated to speeds in excess of 80 mph and continued west on West Crawford Street, Forrester said. He added that the officer terminated pursuit in the 2700 block of West Crawford Street, which is just west of I-135.

Shortly thereafter, a Saline County Sheriff's deputy picked up the pursuit until the driver lost control and went into the ditch in the 4000 block of West Crawford Street, Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said Monday. The car became stuck in the ditch and had to be towed from the scene, he added.

Soldan said that Kristofer Allen, 22, of Salina, who was not injured, was arrested on suspicion of the following.

Flee and elude

Possession of methamphetamine

Possession of marijuana

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Driving while suspended


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Dec 02, 2019 5:01 PM
Police: Missing Inman man found safe

Andrus photo courtesy Inman Police

MCPHERSON COUNTY — A missing man from Inman, the subject of a statewide Silver Alert has been found and is safe.

The Inman Police Department reported that 70-year-old Richard W. Andrus was located safely overnight in Rice County

Authorities released no additional details.


MCPHERSON COUNTY – The Inman Police Department requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Inman man.


The whereabouts of Richard W. Andrus, 70, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him.

Andrus is a 70-year-old white male, 5 ft. 11 in., 193 lbs. He is bald and has blue eyes. Andrus was last seen wearing a green jacket and jeans. He was last known to be driving a red 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, with Vietnam Veteran tag 5123, heading in an unknown direction. Last point of contact with Andrus was at his home in Inman, Kan. at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Andrus did possibly use his credit card at a Casey’s convenience store in Ellsworth, Kan. on Sunday evening. He does suffer from dementia. If you see Richard Andrus, or his vehicle, please immediately call 620-245-1266.