By LESLIE EIKLEBERRY
BEVERLY - Hours after allegedly leading law enforcement personnel on a chase through parts of three counties, a Salina man was arrested Saturday afternoon on multiple charges that included possession of methamphetamine.
A Saline County deputy observed a man driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on Interstate 70 at 80 mph at approximately 9:10 a.m. Saturday. The driver seemed distracted and was squirming, Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said this morning.
The car turned north at the N. Hedville Road exit. When the driver failed to maintain his lane, the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however, the Impala fled.
Soldan said the driver headed northwest, traveling on a number of Saline County roads before first crossing into Ottawa County and then into Lincoln County.
The car was found in Beverly, in western Lincoln County, Soldan said.
On Saturday afternoon, citizens in Beverly reported seeing the driver, identified as Dustin Howell, 43, of Salina, running through town, Soldan said.
Howell was located at a residence in Beverly and arrested on the following requested charges, Soldan said.
●Flee and elude
●Possession of methamphetamine
●Possession of drug paraphernalia
●Driving while suspended
●Driving while a habitual violator