Man Arrested on Warrants After Lengthy Chase

Man Arrested on Warrants After Lengthy Chase
Mathew Leach, photo from Saline County Sheriff Booking Page

On the evening of Sunday, December 10, at 8:56 pm, a Deputy in the 200 block of S Broadway initiated a traffic stop for a gray 2011 GMC Acadia due to a observed defective headlight. Despite the Deputy's attempt to catch up, the driver reportedly accelerated and embarked on a pursuit, navigating the following path:

  • South on Broadway to Republic
  • Turned on Osage, reaching speeds of 70 mph
  • Continued to Cloud, running a red light at Broadway
  • Turned North on Pershing, then proceeded through Claflin, Rush, Jewell, 9th St, Highland, Republic, and Westbound to Centennial
  • Turned South on Magnolia, then headed East to Belmont, driving Northbound in the wrong lane and crossing the median, nearly colliding with the Deputy's vehicle
  • Continued East on Montclair, then South on Quincy, Belmont, Magnolia, and Centennial (where another Deputy deployed stop sticks at Schilling)
  • Eastbound on Schilling, then Ohio

The pursuit eventually came to an end on flat tires at Bennington State Bank. Deputies conducted a felony stop and apprehended 35-year-old Mathew Leach. Leach faces charges of fleeing and eluding, possession of methamphetamine, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, driving while suspended, no proof of insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, a warrant for failure to appear out of Harvey County on forgery charges, and a warrant from the Topeka Department of Corrections.

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