Topeka police say two overnight car chases resulted in the arrests of three suspects.
The first pursuit came after a woman called 911 after her vehicle was stolen at gunpoint Tuesday night.
That incident happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. at the Phillips 66, located at 2024 SE California.
Police say an interstate traveler stopped at the gas station and noticed her tire was low on air. She was outside the store when she was approached by three suspects who held her at gunpoint and stole her 2015 Dodge Caravan.
A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper spotted the stolen vehicle headed east on SE 6th Street near Croco Road. The suspects sped away, leading authorities on a chase that crossed over into Douglas County.
The suspects made it the west side of Lawrence where two of them were arrested.
Lt. Bryan Wheeles says the suspects were both juveniles. They were booked into Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center for aggravated robbery charges.
Other suspects have been identified and are currently being sought.
The second chase started around 11:30 p.m. near SW Brooklyn Avenue and Burlingame Road when officers spotted a vehicle that matched the description of one that had been involved in an earlier incident.
Sgt. John Block says the driver fled when officers tried to pull him over. The chase ended near the intersection of SW Lincoln and Hampton streets when the suspect stopped and ran from the vehicle.
Police brought a K9 unit to the scene and tracked the suspect to the 2000 block of SW Buchanan. He was found hiding in someone’s garage.
The white male suspect was taken in for question and later booked into the Shawnee County Jail.
He was later identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Scott Smiley, of Topeka.
At the time of the pursuit, he was being sought for his alleged actions in a domestic violence incident, according to police.
Smiley was booked for aggravated assault, domestic battery, criminal restraint, fleeing/eluding of police, possession of drug paraphernalia and other traffic related charges.