A stolen pickup recovered Monday night by Barton County Sheriff’s Office detectives was probably the same vehicle that led officers on a high-speed pursuit on Saturday, officials said.
The 2011 Ford F150 was located around 10:30 p.m., just north of the Arkansas River and southeast of the K-156/U.S. 56 junction. Detectives used the sheriff’s all-terrain vehicle to locate the truck in a grove of trees near the river bed.
The truck had been stolen out of Clearwater, and had a license tag that had been stolen out of Wichita.
The BCSO reports officers also recovered a 2005 Artic Cat four-wheeler, which had been seen in the back of the truck during the pursuit, early Sunday morning. It was located just south of Kiowa Kitchen in a wheat field.
The unknown driver of the truck sped off when a BCSO officer attempted to stop it at 10 p.m. Saturday, for running without lights in the 400 block of 11th St. in Great Bend. A female passenger got out of the truck just west of Frey St., and then the driver headed to U.S. 281 and turned south, still "running dark" as the pursuit reached speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The driver eventually eluded officers by driving in a river bed north of SE 40 Road and SE 60 Ave.
The case is still under investigation, and detectives are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers. The telephone number is 792-1300, or 888-305-1300 for toll-free calls outside of Great Bend. All information collected is anonymous, and a reward may be offered.