A high-speed chase down 24th Street Tuesday morning ended in the arrest of a Great Bend man after he stopped his car, fled on foot and was apprehended in a vacant house at 2101 27th St., Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
Richard Musil, 27, has been booked on charges of felony attempt to flee and elude, reckless driving, burglary, resisting arrest, as well as the two original parole violation warrants, Bellendir said. He is currently being held on the two parole violation warrants with no bond. Bond on the additional crimes is set at $20,000.
According to Barton County Sheriff’s Office reports, at 7:29 a.m. Tuesday, BCSO deputy Sierra Thorne observed the wanted Musil driving near the intersection of 24th St. and Canterbury.
“When deputy Thorne attempted to stop the vehicle Musil accelerated and attempted to flee from the deputy,” Bellendir said. “The chase continued through the Twin Lakes addition and then proceeded eastbound on 24th Street.”
Another deputy approaching the area to assist checked the speed of the vehicle by radar at in excess of 100 miles-an-hour. Musil saw the other deputy and turned north from 24th and Williams, abandon the vehicle and ran.
Members of the Great Bend Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol and other BCSO deputies quickly surrounded the area and gave chase, Bellendir said.
During the course of the search, law enforcement officers discovered the rear door of a vacant house at 2101 27th St. had been broken into. Officers discovered an interior room which had been locked from the inside.
Officers forced entry while the Musil attempted to hold the door shut. Entry was gained and the he was arrested.
Musial was transported to the Barton County Jail without incident.
Musil was driving a 2012 Acura TSX at the time of the incident. According to Bellendir, the Sheriff’s Office intends to contact the county attorney to begin an “asset forfeiture proceeding” against the vehicle he was driving.