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Reno County man pleads to gun charge after 100 MPH chase through central Kansas
Codey Elsasser KDOC
Codey Deon Elsasser - photo by Kansas Department of Corrections

WICHITA — A Reno County man who led troopers on a 100-mph chase pleaded guilty Monday to a federal firearm charge, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. 

Codey Elsasser, 26, Arlington, pleaded guilty to possessing a short-barreled rifle that was not registered as required by federal law. Elsasser was driving 88 mph in a 65 mph zone last November when a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop him. Elsasser fled, reaching a speed of 100 mph as he drove from Barton County to Rice County before stopping. 

In the car, troopers found a .223 caliber rifle with a barrel length of 10 and 5/8 inches, a 9 mm pistol, a 12 gauge shotgun, a bulletproof vest and parts of a homemade silencer. Elsasser was a convicted felon and was prohibited from having firearms. He admitted he smoked methamphetamine the morning of the arrest.

Sentencing is set for July 29. The parties have agreed to recommend a sentence in a range of five years and three months to six years and six months (63-78 months) in federal prison.

McAllister commended the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind for their work on the case.