A Pratt County deputy and other Pratt and Kiowa county law officers apprehended an erratic driver who turned out to be a missing juvenile from Wisconsin on Monday night.
A Wisconsin juvenile, reported missing, is in custody in Kansas after leading law enforcement officers on a long, high speed chase through Pratt and Kiowa counties Monday night.
Pratt County Sheriff Jimmy White said around 8:36 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, a Pratt county sheriff deputy attempted to stop a dark colored 2002 Honda Accord for speeding in Pratt County. The vehicle was first seen driving west on U.S. 54 near the SW 50th Avenue intersection that leads to Coats and is four miles west of Pratt.
The 17-year-old driver refused to stop and turned onto Pratt County roads where he tried to elude the deputy in a pursuit that reached speeds over 100 mph. The driver continued to drive recklessly, entered Cullison then continued west on U.S. 54, White said.
The chase entered Kiowa County where the driver left U.S. 54 and went into Haviland.
He was eventually stopped in Haviland by the combined efforts of Kiowa and Pratt county deputies.
Investigation revealed the 17-year-old male was listed as missing from Wisconsin. As a result of the chase, the driver was charged with speeding, felony flee and elude, reckless driving and three drug related charges, White said.
The juvenile’s name will not be released; he is being housed in a juvenile detention facility, White said.