Woman arrested in Pittsburg after chase with 4-year-old in car

Formal charges not filed
Woman Arrested In Pittsburg After Chase With 4 Year Old In Car
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PARSONS, Kan. – A woman claims she’s going to be killed, then leads police on a car chase with her 4-year-old in the back.

Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “It is situations like that this that unfold at alarming rates and are very fluid. It is a blessing that this individual was taken into custody, and nobody was injured. It is a great partnership with other agencies that make cases like this able to be resolved efficiently. I sincerely hope that the judicial branch of our government takes this opportunity to hold accountable the mother involved with endangering the life of her own child.”

The 911 Call

Around 3:08 this morning, Parsons Police Corporal Kyle Shields responded to a 911 call. According to the Parsons Police Department, the woman on the phone was saying that she was going to be killed. The caller, however, did not give a location to dispatch.

So, Parsons Dispatchers pinged the cell phone location of the emergency call to find out that it was near 17th and Main Streets.

Corporal Shields got to the area and met with the 39-year-old woman from Baxter Springs. According to the Police Department, she made comments that did not make sense to the officer.

Police say she had her 4-year-old child in the vehicle with her.

She “stated that there were men on the Municipal building trying to kill her. She told officers that she and her child are ok to die but wanted to spend one more night together,” according to a release from the Parsons Police Department.

Inquiring on Possible Behavior Explanations

Police say they knew she was from the Baxter Springs area. So, Corporal Shields contacted the local authorities. He was looking for any history that would explain her behavior, mental health or drug-induced.

They told Parsons officers that she had a history of narcotic use and was well known by authorities.

Car Chase to Pittsburg

Corporal Shields asked the woman to get out of the vehicle. The Police Department says she ignored his orders and drove off, starting a police chase.

She “drove down Main Street East to the 400 junction and then fled east down U.S. 400 toward Pittsburg Kansas. Corporal Shields pursued her at normal highway speeds to Pittsburg. Due to the questionable comments made by [suspect] there was much cause for concern with the wellbeing of her child.” – Parsons Police Department

Officers from the Pittsburg Police Department, Labette County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were involved in the pursuit.

Once inside the city limits of Pittsburg, officers from Pittsburg Police Department deployed spike strips to deflate the tires and end the chase.

Her vehicle stopped and authorities say she refused to get out of the vehicle. The Parsons Police Department says that’s when officers broke a window to get her out of the vehicle. Once they got the 39-year-old out, the Parsons Police Department says they took her into custody. Authorities transported her to the Parsons Police Department.

Charges

The Parsons Police Department is requesting the following charges:

  • Felony Fleeing and Elude
  • Aggravated Child Endangerment
  • Reckless Driving
  • No Child Safety Seat
  • Driving Under the Influence (Drugs)
  • multiple driving violations

The Police Department is sending the report to the Labette County Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors will decide on what formal charges to file.

As of 6:00 pm Tuesday,

Reporting Crime

The Parsons Police Department encourages residents to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If you have further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, police ask that you contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

(It is KOAM policy to not release the name of an arrested suspect in most cases until they are formally charged.)