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Suspect arrested after pursuit
Story updated at 4:36 p.m. Monday
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A police pursuit that began shortly before 2:30 Sunday a.m. near 24th and Odell St. in Great Bend ended a short time later near 29th and Quivira Ave. Suspect Joshua Smith from Hays allegedly fled on foot but was later found and arrested, according to Lt. Williams Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
The pursuit began with a traffic infraction, Browne said.
The Barton County Sheriff’s Office was called to write the accident report. According to BCSO information, Smith was driving a gold, 2001 Ford Taurus that went through a chain link fence and gate on the east side of 2916 Quivira Ave., and then exited through a 6-foot tall wooden privacy fence on the west side of the property.
Browne said Smith left the car after getting hung up on a tree stump. K-9 Kia and his handler, Officer Adam Hales, were also called out.
Smith was booked at the Barton County Jail on charges of felony flee and elude, criminal damage to property, obstruction, leaving the scene of an accident and leaving a vehicle unattended. He was released after posting a $5,000 surety bond through Ace Bail Bonds.
A wallet was found at 2916 Ave. and turned in to police Sunday evening.