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High-speed chase ends in crash





A 20-year-old Hays man was back in custody Sunday after escaping police custody and stealing a car before leading Hoisington police on a high-speed chase that ended when the car he was driving crashed in Great Bend.

The series of events started when Matthew A. Kloke was arrested at a Hays motel at 4 a.m. Sunday by Hays Police on a arrest warrant issued by Ellis County District Court.

After being handcuffed and placed in the Hays police cruiser, officers went back inside the motel for a short period of time to check on a juvenile who also was in the motel room, according to a statement issued by Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler.

Kloke was able to free himself from the handcuffs and get out of the car, fleeing the scene on foot.

Hays Police searched the area but were unable to locate him, Scheibler said.

Approximately four hours later, HPD received a call from a Hays resident who reported seeing Kloke at a residence on East 12th Street.

Kloke fled the area before police arrived on the scene.

It was approximately 25 minutes later, however, when police received a report a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix had been stolen from the 2100 block of Milner. The vehicle had been left running and was unattended.

Nothing was seen of the car until Hoisington Police reported seeing the vehicle and attempted to stop it, Scheibler said.

Kloke refused to stop and led Hoisington officers on a high-speed chase through Barton County, until he lost control of the vehicle in Great Bend.

Kloke was not injured in the accident and is being held in the Barton County jail.

Scheibler said the case will be turned over to the Ellis County Attorney's office for the filing of charges. He said the department will ask for charges of theft of a motor vehicle, escape from custody and interference with a police officer.

Scheibler said an internal review into the incident will be conducted.

He also expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of the Hoisington and Great Bend police departments, Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol in apprehending Kloke.