Midweek pursuit leaves two jailed

Colton Cornett and Colton Meyer/Credit: Atchison Co Sheriff

(KAIR)--The sighting of a stolen vehicle turns into a Wednesday afternoon Atchison County pursuit that ended with two men in custody.

According to a release from Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie, a deputy, around 2:20 Wednesday afternoon, recognized the suspect vehicle matching one reported stolen in Kansas City, Missouri.

An attempt to stop the vehicle was made after it had turned onto 254th Road, fleeing south on Neosho Road and then back toward Atchison, on U.S. Highway 59.

Laurie explains that a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper deployed stop-sticks at the intersection of the highway and Ottawa Road, deflating two tires on the suspect vehicle, which turned south on Phillips Road, going slow due to deflating tires, with a Trooper able to disable the vehicle, after it eventually went north on U.S. Highway 73, just north of 262nd Road.

Two Troopers and one Atchison Police Officer assisted deputies in the arrests of the driver, 18-year-old Colton Cornett and his passenger, 25-year-old Colton Meyer, of Effingham.

Cornett was taken into custody on charges for felony flee or attempt to elude, no driver- license, felony theft of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and what Laurie calls “possible drug charges pending test results.”

Meyer was arrested for three unrelated district court warrants and faces pending, additional charges.

Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson told MSC News that while his office was not directly involved in the pursuit, police were positioned on the south side of Atchison when KHP Troopers stopped the vehicle, south of Raven Hill Drive.

Among Meyer- three warrants, Wilson says one involving his office was filed in connection with a case of domestic battery that occurred last year, on June 20, in the 1500 block of Applegate Drive.

Booked into the Atchison County Jail, Meyer is held on a $5,000 bond.

Bond is not immediately set for Cornett.

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