SALINE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a suspect on theft charges after a high-speed chase in a reported stolen pickup.
On Tuesday, police took a report of stolen 2014 Honda Ridgeline taken from a garage in the 1900 Block of Ruskin Road in Salina, according to Police Sgt. Jim Feldman. The owner left the keys in the vehicle.
A short time later, an officer saw the pickup in the area of Brookwood and Marymount Road.
When the officer attempted a traffic stop, the driver identified as 20-year-old Stephen Howard drove off and a brief pursuit which reach speeds of near 80 mph began.
The chase ended in the 2400 Block of Cedar Ridge Drive when Howard lost control of the pickup and ran from the crash but was quickly apprehended, according to Feldman.
The pickup valued at $22,000 was totaled.
During a search of Howard, police also found credit cards stolen from the purse of a woman that had been left in her car parked in the garage of her home in the 100 block of Channel Road.
Police booked Howard into the Saline County jail on requested charges of aggravated burglary, felony and misdemeanor theft, felony flee and elude, driving while suspended, obstruction, reckless driving, and felony damage to property.
Howard has previous convictions for Aggravated Robbery, Battery and Burglary, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.