[DODGE CITY, Kans.]
The Ford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Raul Vasquez, 30, Dodge City, Kans. after he led an impressive number of law enforcement vehicles in a high-speed pursuit throughout well within the city limits of Dodge City, Kans. on August 3.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, a deputy attempted a traffic stop in the 1600 block of W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. near a Dairy Queen.
Vasquez fled, with a passenger in the car, initiating a pursuit that continued to grow with response as he led law enforcement from the middle of town to the northern part.
Several locals took to Facebook, to post pictures and videos of the cross-city chase.
Dodge City local, Skylar Watson, said she observed the chase from her office, around 5:07 p.m.
“When I left, I headed north to the mall, only a block away and they were right behind me,” said Watson. “I got into the mall parking lot, turned around, and the response vehicles grew. There was a total of nine or ten by the time it was all said and done.”
Watson submitted a video of the incident, where it was observed Vasquez nearly hit other vehicles.
Sheriff Bill Carr said Vasquez eventually led them through the 2300 block of First Ave. in the alley behind Northbriar Apartments. Pursuing deputies, observed items being discarded from the vehicle, later identified as narcotics.
Vasquez came to a stop at the end of the intersection of First Ave. and Layton St. and was taken into custody.
A female passenger with Vasquez was sent to Western Plains Medical Complex for minor injuries.
Vasquez booked into Ford County Jail and Sheriff’s Office on the following charges:
- Aggravated Kidnapping
- Aggravated Battery
- Criminal possession of Firearm
- Felony Flee and Elude
- Reckless driving
- Possession of Marijuana w/intent to distribute
- Possession of paraphernalia
- Transporting open container
- Criminal littering
- Leaving the scene of an injury accident
- No Seatbelt
- (2) Ford County felony warrants
- (1) Meade County felony warrant
- Driving While Suspended
- No Insurance
- Several other traffic infractions
“Obviously anytime we have a pursuit, we want to make sure we safeguard the citizens and those involved in the pursuit,” said Sheriff Carr. “So, a lot of that response is to detour other traffic, get them to slow down and get out of the way when we have incidents like this. We just want to make sure everybody’s safe.”
Dodge City Fire Department assisted with cleanup of the surrounding as glass had been thrown from the vehicle.
Review and prosecution for formal charges is pending investigation by the Ford County Attorney office.