Purchase photos

Short chase leads to manhunt





An officer's attempt to stop a vehicle for a cracked windshield Monday morning resulted in a brief high-speed chase that ended with two of the four vehicle occupants hiding in the Big Creek valley south of Hays.

Officers from several law enforcement agencies ultimately found the two people hiding in the brush, and they were taken into custody without incident, according to Assistant Hays Police Chief Brian Dawson. The other two stayed with the car.

The entire incident started at about 10:15 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of Vine, when a Hays Police officer tried to pull over a vehicle for driving with a cracked windshield.

The driver, however, didn't want to stop, and led police on a brief high-speed chase through portions of south Hays, ultimately stopping in a field at the south edge of Hays, near Big Creek.

The driver and another occupant of the vehicle jumped out and headed for the creek, Dawson said, setting off the search by Hays police and officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol, Ellis County Sheriff's office and Fort Hays State University.

Dawson said the driver likely will face a series of charges related to the chase. The driver had a revoked driver's license, he said.