Nov 20, 2020 4:08 PM

K-9 used to extract Wichita man from pickup after pursuit

Posted Nov 20, 2020 4:08 PM
James Batterton. Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office
James Batterton. Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office

A Wichita man was arrested after a pursuit through part of south Salina Thursday morning.

Salina Police Captain Gary Hanus reported this morning that officers were sent to the 2700 block of South Ninth Street at 10:12 a.m. Thursday for the report of a suspected intoxicated driver who was operating a white 2017 Ford F-150.

A vehicle pursuit was initiated by a Saline County Sheriff’s Office employee prior to police personnel arriving in the area, Hanus noted. Police officers took over the pursuit in the area of Centennial Road and Sunflower Drive, he added.

According to Hanus, the driver failed to stop for a traffic control device, exceeding the posted speed limit, and crossing the center line of the roadway. During the pursuit, a vehicle tire-deflating device was deployed and one of the pickup’s tires was deflated.

Hanus reported that the vehicle did come to a stop in the 2600-2700 block of Centennial Road, however, the operator of the vehicle refused to exit the vehicle during the high risk traffic stop. A police canine was deployed and pulled the driver from the vehicle, he explained.

The driver, identified as James T. Batterton, 61 of Wichita, was transported to Salina Regional Health Center and treated for lacerations, Hanus noted.

According to Hanus, Batterton was arrested on the following requested charges.

Driving while under the influence

Fleeing/attempt to elude

Speeding

Traffic control device violation

Transporting an open container

Interference