PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg man is in jail today following a car chase Sunday morning.
According to a release from the Pittsburg Police department, at about 8:21 a.m. Sunday PPD officers attempted a routine traffic stop on a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup in the area of 5th and Joplin. The truck fled from officers who initiated a vehicle pursuit from 5th and Grand to 21st and Broadway where the truck struck a tree; causing the vehicle to roll-over and strike another patrol car.
The alleged driver of the vehicle, Zachary R. Winemiller, 27, of Pittsburg, exited the vehicle and fled on foot where he was subsequently tazed and taken into custody; no one was injured in the incident. Officers allegedly located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia as well as a handgun that had its serial number removed; they later learned that Winemiller had a suspended license and was wanted on a Kansas Department of Corrections warrant. Winemiller was taken to the Crawford County Jail on the following charges:
• Flee/elude 5+ moving violations
• Flee/elude reckless driving
• Felony obstruction
• Driving while suspended
• Possession of drug paraphernalia
• Possession of narcotics
• Defacing a firearm
• Criminal possession of a firearm and;
• Failure to yield.
Winemiller had been on parole on burglary and robbery charges, but as of Jan. 29 was listed by KDOC as an absconder.
He is currently being held in the Crawford County Jail without bond.
This incident is still under investigation by the Pittsburg Police Department.