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Three-county chase results in drug arrest
Shaina Kuester
Shaina Kuester

Shaina Kuester, 23, of rural Great Bend was arrested and booked on multiple charges following an approximately 30-mile pursuit through multiple counties early Monday morning.

According to a Barton County Sheriff’s Office release, at about 3:45 a.m. Monday, Deputy Sheriff Doug Parks was on regular patrol near the area of the 400 block of NW 10 Ave. in rural Barton County. When Parks attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction, it fled from the officer.

Parks pursued the 2010 Ford Fusion through parts of Barton, Pawnee and Rush counties. At one point during the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck a raccoon and was partially disabled but was still able to move. Pursuit speeds ranged from 10 to 110 miles per hour.

The suspect vehicle was boxed in by Sheriff’s officers west of Albert, about one-half mile west of the Barton/Rush County line.

Kuester was identified as the driver of the vehicle. She was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony flee and elude as well as many traffic infractions. Kuester was transported to the Barton County Jail without incident, and is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

BCSO was assisted by the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office as well as a Rush County Sheriff’s Office official in the pursuit.