By KARI BLURTON
A 20-minute police pursuit that reached speeds up to 90 mph and turned into a foot chase resulted in the arrest of two people Monday morning.
According to Hays Police Department Lt. Brandon Wright, dispatchers received a call from a police officer in the 700 block of East Sixth attempting to pull a car over for a broken windshield.
Wright said the driver refused to stop, which began the pursuit. Law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions were called in for backup, and the pursuit zig-zagged from an area south of Main Street to U.S. 183 Alternate.
At one point, the vehicle turned into the south side of Countryside Estates, Wright said, and “the pursuit went off-road and continued in the fields south of Countryside Estates.”
Eventually, Wright said the vehicle stopped along Big Creek within a mile of Kansas State Research Center and north of Bison Road.
At that point, Wright said two passengers remained with the car and the other two occupants fled on foot, resulting in a 10-minute foot chase involving canine units from the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department.
The driver of the car, Troy Rollins, 25, and a second suspect, Jorge Carillo, 21, were quickly captured along Big Creek.
After an investigation, the two who stayed with the car — one of whom, a 17 year old — were questioned and released. All four involved were from Hays.
Rollins was arrested on suspicion of aggravated endangering of a child, felony obstruction, criminal restraint, and fleeing and eluding. Carrillo was arrested on suspicion of interference with a law enforcement official.
During the chase, one of the occupants called dispatch and reported he had been carjacked. Wright said, upon investigation, officers determined all occupants in the vehicle were acquaintances and that the carjacking claim was false.
Wright said several patrol vehicles were involved in the chase, including the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, a KHP aircraft, Fort Hays State University Police Department.
Wright thanked the public for their cooperation.
“We appreciate the public for pulling over and stepping aside when needed,” he said.
Check Hays Post for additional details as they become available.