VIDEO: Hour Long Car Chase Send Police Rushing Through Topeka


Just about an hour.  That’s how long one person kept police busy Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Police tried to stop a red Mazda around 11:45pm Monday night near 21st and Adams, but the driver didn’t want to stop for the lights and sirens.

That’s when police began their pursuit. 

The car went though almost every geographical side of Topeka, starting in the southeast, then to the southwest, losing officers at one point near 21st and Webster, but they found it shortly after near 17th and Oakley.

Speeds reached as high as 110mph on I-70, and 90mph through town. 

Officers were able to spike the tires several times until it was running on flats and rims.  Officers even blocked roads connecting to Wanamaker as the chase went up the corridor from 37th, then turning onto 6th.

The car chase ended around 12:45pm near S.W. Greenwood Avenue and S.W. Willow Avenue when the car ran into a construction site, and came to rest in a hole in the road. 

25-year-old Joshua Carpenter was taken into custody without further incident on several different charges include felony charges.

Police searched several areas after seeing Carpenter throw items from the car. Those items included credit cards, checks and other documents believed to be stolen. 

They say if you find any documents or credit cards, please call police at 368-9200 so they can recover those items.


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