PITTSBURG — A Kansas City man is in the Crawford County Jail following a car chase late Saturday evening.
According to a release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, at about 9:45 p.m. the CRSO was notified of a chase the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department was involved in. The suspect vehicle, a 2003 Nissan Maxima allegedly driven by Chase Emmanuel Lewis, 18, was traveling north on US 69 Highway toward the Crawford County line.
CRSO located the vehicle at the intersection of US 69 and US 400 Highways and took over the chase. The pursuit continued north on US 69 until Lewis allegedly lost control of the vehicle and partially entered the east ditch. Lewis re-entered the highway and drove south on US 69 turning west onto US 400. The pursuit entered the Cherokee city limits on US 400. Tire deflation devices were deployed by another deputy near the east city limit. Lewis struck the devices and was able to turn north on Highway K-7, stopping the vehicle a half-block north of US 400.
Deputies reported that an unidentified male subject exited the rear passenger door and fled on foot. Lewis and a juvenile female allegedly exited the front driver and passenger-side doors and surrendered to authorities.
A search of the area was conducted by law enforcement for the subject who fled on foot. He was not located. Lewis and the juvenile were both taken into custody and transported to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. This incident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Lewis was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding, felony reckless driving, aggravated endangering a child, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He is being held on $3,000 bond.
The juvenile female was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released to the custody of juvenile authorities.