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ATV pursuit leads to drug arrest
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Barton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were involved is a pursuit with an all terrain vehicle around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday that led to the arrest of Alex Roth, 25, of Great Bend. He was arrested for traffic violations and drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
According to reports, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 4:42 p.m. to a complaint about an ATV driving south in the 300 block of North Washington, north of Great Bend. The ATV was later located by an off-duty reserve deputy sheriff on NE 20 Road.
Deputies responded to the area and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect fled south crossing U.S. 56 near Kiowa Road and entered the Great Bend city limits. Deputies made several attempts to block the path of the vehicle but the driver continued to elude them.
“Near the intersection of Second and Pine Street in the city of Great Bend, the suspect vehicle crossed the flood control project into the Arkansas River,” Bellendir said. “Deputies continued to pursue the vehicle until it became stuck approximately three-quarters of a mile west of Washington Street, in the riverbed. The subject failed to comply with officers’ orders and a Taser was used.”
Roth was arrested and transported to the Barton County Jail without incident.
Roth was charged with interference with a law enforcement officer, attempt to flee and elude, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remained in the Barton County Jail on Monday in lieu of a $10,000 bond.