GORHAM -- Two men were arrested Wednesday morning following a high-speed pursuit that began north of Russell and extended into eastern Ellis County.
The Russell County Sheriff's office has arrested Phillip S. Ledesma, Russell, and Chad M. Niles, Hays, according to a media release from Sheriff Fred Whitman.
The incident began when a resident reported a suspicious vehicle north of Russell in the 4900 block of Canyon Road. A sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle, driven by Niles, on Canyon Road shortly before 10 a.m. and the vehicle immediately increased speed to more than 80 mph with officers in pursuit.
Ledesma reportedly jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in motion near the area of 181st and 15th streets. He was taken into custody without further incident.
Niles continued to flee west near Gorham, briefly entering city limits and driving through numerous fences and fields in western Russell County and eastern Ellis County.
"After an exhausting chase, Chad M. Niles of Hays, Kansas, was taken into custody northwest of Gorham," Whitman stated.
Charges pending against both suspects include possession of controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm.
Additional charges against Niles will include felony flee and elude, aggravated assault on law enforcement, aggravated battery on law enforcement and criminal damage to property, as well as several traffic violations.
The Russell County Sheriff's office was assisted by the Ellis County Sheriff's office, Russell police and the Kansas Highway Patrol, which provided air support. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks also provided assistance.
Investigations are ongoing regarding property damage, and residents are encouraged to report any destruction caused by the incident to the Russell County Sheriff's office by calling (785) 483-2151.
"We would also like to extend our gratitude to the original caller for reporting these individuals as well as the citizens of Gorham for their patience and assistance," Whitman said.