Semi driver expected to face bevy of charges after police chase
SALINA — The driver of a semi hauling a load of cattle who led law enforcement on a chase early Thursday morning is expected to face several charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman said Friday morning Rory M. Cook, 29, of King City, Mo., drove past an Abilene police officer at a high rate of speed on the outskirts of Abilene about 5 a.m. Thursday.
Hoffman said Cook nearly ran the officer off the road and would not stop. Deputies from Dickinson County began to pursue the semi on Old U.S. 40 through Solomon and into Saline County, where Saline County Sheriff’s deputies, Salina Police Department officers and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers were involved.
After driving south on Ohio Street through Salina, Cook turned west onto Waterwell Road where a Salina Police officer and Kansas Highway Patrol trooper put out spikes that flattened five tires on the truck. The truck eventually stopped about west of Ninth on Waterwell Road.
Hoffman said Cook was returned to Dickinson County where he likely will be charged with several traffic offenses including reckless driving and flee and eluding in addition to the DUI charge. Hoffman said the investigation into the case continues.