Damage done to the wheat field. Photo Saline County Sheriff
SEDGWICK COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects who led deputies on a chase through northwest and west-central Saline County before being on Monday morning.
Just before 2a.m., a deputy on patrol noticed a black 2002 Lexus LS430 parked on Watkins Road, just west of Hedville Road, according to Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan. When the deputy went to check on the car, it sped off wesbound on Watkins Road, south on Brookville Road and to Kansas Highway 140 (K-140), east to Hohneck Road and then entered a wheat field at the southwest corner of Hohneck Road and Magnolia Road where it became stuck.
During the investigation, it was determined that the car had been reported stolen in Wichita, according to Soldan. Additionally, marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia were found in the car.
Taylor Horstman. Photo Saline County Sheriff
The driver, Taylor Horstman, 23, of Wichita, was arrested on requested charges that include Possession of marijuana, Possession of methamphetamine Possession of drug paraphernalia, Flee and elude, Reckless driving, Criminal damage to property and Possession of stolen property
Andrew Mercer. Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff's Office
A passenger in the car, Andrew Mercer, 27, of Wichita, was jailed on requested charges that include Possession of marijuana, Possession of methamphetamine, Possession of drug paraphernalia. An estimated $200 worth of damage was done to the wheat field, according to Soldan.