May 04, 2021 7:00 AM

Sheriff: Kansas couple jailed after high-speed chase

Posted May 04, 2021 7:00 AM
Frye photo Shawnee Co.
Frye photo Shawnee Co.

SHAWNEE COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects after a high speed chase in Shawnee County.

Just after 3 a.m. Monday, a sheriff’s deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a red Chevy Aveo for an equipment violation near the intersection of SW Topeka Boulevard and University Boulevard, according to Deputy Abigail Christian.

The driver failed to stop for the deputy, initiating a pursuit. The Chevy Aveo traveled south on SW Topeka Boulevard and then west on Gary Ormsby Drive. The pursuit continued west on SW 77th Street and north on SW Wanamaker Road when a deputy completed a controlled vehicle intervention maneuver which ended the pursuit.

The driver, James A. Frye, 25, Emporia, was transported to the Shawnee County Department of Corrections on requested charges of Flee or attempt to elude; avoid tire deflating device (felony), Reckless driving, Defective headlamps, Possession of stolen property; value less than $1500, Driving while suspended; misdemeanor and Other driving violations, according to Christian.

Utech-photo Shawnee Co.
Utech-photo Shawnee Co.

The passenger, Sarah L. Utech, 33, of Emporia, was booked into jail on requested charges that include Possession of methamphetamine and Possession of drug paraphernalia.