Feb 19, 2020 1:00 AM

Sheriff: 2 jailed after stolen Lexus gets stuck in Kan. wheat field

Posted Feb 19, 2020 1:00 AM

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.

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Kan. school crossing guard killed protecting children lauded as hero
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Police on the scene of the investigation photo courtesy KCTV

KANSAS CITY, KAN. (AP) — The son of a school crossing guard who was struck and killed in Kansas City, Kansas, described his father as “selfless."

The Kansas City Star reports that Bart Nill, said his father, 88-year-old Bob Nill, was dedicated to the job and wasn't surprised that he saved two children from being hit before he was struck Tuesday near Christ the King Parish School. He died at a hospital.

“He loved kids so much,” Bart Nill said, recalling the detailed instructions his father gave him one day when he filled in for him because his father was having heart problems. Bob Nill had been a crossing guard for five years.

The driver of a black sedan that hit the guard was taken to a hospital, but no children were hurt. The school said on social media that Bob Nill was a hero.

The investigation is continuing.


Kansas City (AP)—A crossing guard who died after being hit by a vehicle in Kansas City, Kansas, saved the lives of two children before the impact, a school principal said.

The guard was struck early Tuesday near Christ the King Parish School in Kansas City, Kansas, and died later at a hospital. His name wasn't immediately released pending notification of family members. No children were injured, police spokesman Jonathon Westbrook said.

Christ the King principal Cathy Fithian said two students were getting ready to cross the street when the guard yelled at them to stop, preventing them from being in the car's path, The Kansas City Star reported.


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas, police say a crossing guard died after being hit by a car while trying to stop traffic near an elementary school.

Police spokesman Jonathon Westbrook says the guard was hit early Tuesday near the Christ the King Parish school. No children were injured. The crossing guard was employed through the city. The driver of a black sedan that hit the guard was taken to a hospital. No further details were immediately released.