May 22, 2020 6:15 PM

Police Chief comments on department's approach to Monday's crash

Posted May 22, 2020 6:15 PM
The 24th & Main intersection in Great Bend
The 24th & Main intersection in Great Bend

Great Bend Post

For the time being, the intersection at 24th and Main Street in Great Bend will be a four-way stop after a police chase resulted in a crash that knocked out the electrical box that controls the traffic lights.

Great Bend Police Chief David Bailey says the chase started just before 11 p.m. Monday after a traffic stop in the 3800 block of 12th Street. 

"The pursuit ended up going north of Great Bend and then back into town," said Bailey. "Number one, we do not want anyone getting hurt. That goes for officers and the suspect."

The driver, Christopher Chappell, failed to produce identification and provided a false name. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Topeka. 

After crashing the car into the electrical box, Chappell fled on foot. While the K-9 Menta was called to assist at the scene, it was Menta's handler that found Chappell hiding along the northwest fence line of the Brit Spaugh Zoo.

"The officers set up a perimeter and Menta started to track for the suspect," said Bailey. "Menta's handler, Amber Allen, was the one that located the suspect."

During the pursuit, Chappell struck a Barton County Sheriff's Office vehicle before reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The chase ended when stop sticks were deployed and Chappell crashed, resulting in his eventual arrest.