A 32-year-old Hoisington man was arrested in Pratt County on Sunday after leading law enforcement on a pursuit through three counties.
Officers from the Great Bend Police Department were called to Walmart at 6:34 p.m. Sunday, to investigate a theft report. Sgt. Chris Smee reported that a man, later identified as Marcus C. Taylor, was seen driving away in a Chevrolet passenger car with the headlights off. Officers attempted to do a traffic stop, but Taylor refused to stop, Smee said.
"The officers began to chase the vehicle through Great Bend and left the city limits. Once deputies from Barton County were able to take over the chase, Great Bend officers were called off," Smee reported. "Barton County deputies continued the chase through Stafford County and into Pratt County. Spike strips were used on Taylor’s vehicle during the chase, and Taylor’s vehicle eventually struck a utility pole in Pratt, Kan., ending the chase."
Taylor sustained minor injuries and was checked by the Pratt Emergency Medical Service before he was taken into custody and evidence was seized from the car.
He was booked into the Pratt County Jail in lieu of bond, with charges still pending in Barton County. Possible charges include theft of a laptop computer, reckless driving, felony flee and elude, driving under the influence and traffic violations. Assisting agencies were the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Pratt County Sheriff’s Office, Pratt Police Department, Macksville Police Department, St. John Police Department, Pratt County EMS and Kansas Highway Patrol.