Police chase across Kansas ends in arrest

Police chase across Kansas ends in arrest
Dakota Demeritt

Dakota Demeritt, 24 of Erie, Kansas, is arrested after leading law enforcement on a multi-county pursuit.

On December 19th, 2018, Parsons Police Officers were called to the 1500 block of South 25th in the Mendota Creek Apartment complex around 9:20 p.m. for a report of a possible kidnapping with children involved.

After arriving, officers were told that the suspect was in a Red Dodge Dakota pickup truck and had left. Sergeant Tim Jones later found the Red Dodge and identified the suspected person as Dakota Demeritt. As Sgt. Jones tried to pull him over in the 200 block of South 29th, the driver fled in his vehicle through a yard and between houses.

Authorities say Demeritt drove through several yards and through ditches on Frisco to avoid road construction.

Officer Joel Franklen took over the chase near an open field south of Frisco to 27th Street. Police say the suspect drove through more yards and ended up on Appleton. They say he then drove out of Parsons City Limits past 32nd Street.

That’s where the Labette County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Adamson joined the pursuit. The suspect drove on to 32nd then to 22000 Rd and the west to 19000 Rd, after that he turned east back to Ness and then back to Parsons city limits. The chase went east down Main to 13th where the suspect went through the car wash north to an alley near Chess Ave. Authorities say the suspect intentionally rammed one Parsons Police vehicle and one Labette Sheriffs vehicle.

The officers then lost sight of the suspect, last seen driving eastbound. A search for the vehicle went underway, but officers were not able to find the suspect again.

On December 20, 2018 at approximately 8:19 a.m., Officer Ryan Shirk saw the suspected Red Dodge Dakota pickup truck from the previous night’s pursuit in the 500 Block of North 13th coming out from an alley.

The driver was identified as Dakota Demeritt once again.

Officer Shirk attempted to pull him over, but the suspect once again fled. Authorities say Demeritt drove to Chess then to 10th Street heading north. Once on 10th Street the suspect came to a stop and put the vehicle in reverse in an attempt to ram Officer Shirks vehicle.

Authorities say Officer Shirk was able to avoid the attempt and the chase continued north to Northern Blvd. to Queens Rd. then back north again across Highway 400.

Once the pursuit entered Neosho County, deputies were called in to assist as well as Kansas State Highway Patrol.

The chase traveled north and eventually onto a dead-end road in which the suspect was able to turn around and backtrack. Police say Stop Stick tire deflation devices were deployed, but they were avoided by the driver.

Authorities say the suspect slammed on his brakes during the pursuit causing officers to crash into him and then resumed driving away after causing the damage. One Parsons Police vehicle was damaged, and Officer Isaiah Hicks resumed the pursuit after the crash.

Kansas Highway Patrol requested to be lead vehicle in the pursuit and Officer Hicks pulled back allowing Troopers to attempt a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI). Kansas Highway Patrol took over the chase north of Galesburg. Officer Hicks ended his participation in the pursuit and returned to Parsons City limits.

After a pursuit across multiple counties, the chase came to an end in Edwards County, Kansas (western Kansas).

The Kansas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies force-stopped the Red Dodge Dakota on Thursday afternoon, December 20th on U.S. 50 east of Kinsley.

The Parsons Police Department says the Red Dodge Dakota was reported as stolen. Authorities in Parsons are submitting charges for Criminal Damage, Reckless Driving, Fleeing and Eluding, Interference with Law Enforcement, Aggravated Assault, and Aggravated Battery along with multiple traffic offenses for his actions on December 19th. They are also submitting charges for Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving Interference with Law Enforcement Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Possession of a Controlled Substance and multiple traffic offenses for his alleged actions on December 20th.

Authorities have not released any information on the original call of a possible kidnapping.