A Hays man who eluded law enforcement after a pursuit that reached near 100 mph in the city in August was bound over for arraignment Wednesday on charges related to a chase.
Matthew Alivs, 28, was charged Oct. 9 in Ellis County District Court with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude a police officer and interference with a law enforcement officer.
In Monday’s preliminary hearing, Alvis’ court-appointed attorney, Max Eulert, informed Judge Brendon Boone that Alivs had declined a plea bargain offered by the Ellis County Attorney’s office.
Hays Police Department Cpl. David Vilaysing testified Monday that shortly after 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Ellis County dispatch gave a report of a suspicious vehicle, a Pontiac G6, with damage and a fake license plate. Moments later, Vilaysing said, he spotted the car southbound on Vine Street near East 18th. The car turned into the Wendy’s parking lot.
Vilaysing said he followed the car, parking nearby while it was in the drive-through lane and ran the plates, which were registered to a pickup. He said the driver at one point made eye contact with him and he recognized him as Alvis.
Under cross examination from Eulert, Vilaysing said he he had seen Alvis’ photo in various investigation reports and had had personal contact with him as well.
When the car left the restaurant’s parking lot, Vilaysing said, he followed, turning on his patrol car’s lights to pull the driver over. Instead, the driver turned into the Dillon’s parking lot and accelerated. At that point, Vilaysing also turned on his siren.
The Pontiac continued east through the parking lot onto General Custer Road then toward 13th Street. Vilaysing said before the car turned onto 13th, he saw a small plastic bag tossed out the window of the Pontiac. When it was later recovered, it field-tested positive for marijuana, he said.
The Pontiac turned east on 13th. Vilaysing said his vehicle’s speedometer reached 90 to 95 mph, with the Pontiac still accelerating. Past Canterbury, he said he reached 100 mph.
The Pontiac turned north onto Commerce Parkway, again reaching 90 mph, went through a stop sign at 27th Street and continued north, where the street becomes a county road. At that point, Vilaysing said, he slowed down due to the dirt road and his unfamiliarity with the area.
When he reached the intersection with Catherine Road, he could not see which way the Pontiac went, Vilaysing said. He went west and Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy Davis Whisman, who had joined the pursuit from 22nd Street, went east.
Whisman spotted the Pontiac in a driveway of the 1500 block of Toulon Avenue. The driver had left the vehicle and could not be located in a search by the sheriff’s office, HPD and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
The Hays Police Department asked for public assistance in locating Alvis. Several weeks later, he was identified in Russell and led authorities there on a pursuit as well, Vilaysing said.