PITTSBURG, Kan. — A suspect was arrested Thursday after fleeing from police on a stolen motorcycle that he subsequently crashed, according to the Pittsburg Police Department.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Pittsburg police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of North Catalpa Street in response to a report of a 1994 Suzuki motorcycle being stolen from another location in Pittsburg, the police department said in a press release.
At approximately 6:15 p.m. the victim contacted police and told them a friend of theirs had located the motorcycle at a residence in the 100 block of East Park Street. Officers responded to that location and found the motorcycle behind a residence in the alleyway.
When officers arrived, a male subject later identified as Zarius Johnson, 21, of Pittsburg, allegedly got onto the motorcycle and began using it to flee the area. A brief pursuit ensued, but ended after Johnson lost control of the motorcycle in the area of South Joplin and East Park Streets and slid to a stop, according to police. Johnson then attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended shortly thereafter without further incident a few blocks away from where he wrecked the motorcycle.
Johnson was arrested for felony theft, felony fleeing or eluding, and felony interference with law enforcement, and was transported to the Crawford County Jail for booking. He was later released on a $3,000 bond.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone having information related to this incident or other criminal activity is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700 or at the automated tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477).