A Great Bend man is in custody after leading law enforcement officials on a high speed chase through four Northwest Kansas counties.
Richard Musil, 24, was arrested Friday night in Graham County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 11 troopers – including one in the Highway Patrol airborne unit – and local law enforcement officers were involved in the pursuit that began in Thomas County and lasted for 90 minutes. It started when a KHP trooper attempted to stop Musil for a traffic violation on Interstate 70, three miles west of Oakley. He did not stop, but exited onto U.S. 83, then continued driving east on U.S. 40 and on county roads through Gove and Graham counties before he was stopped about a mile south of Hill City.
According to KHP, Musil was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Musil is wanted in Barton County on a warrant for felony parole violation, with an underlying drug charge, and on a warrant for misdemeanor parole violation. “As soon as they’re done with him, we’ll bring him back here.”