Busy Weekend For Ark City Police Officers

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Sunday, September 9, 2013

It was a very busy weekend for Arkansas City police officers. They worked four major cases, three of them violent crimes, in just 24 hours.

Ark City officers' busy weekend started early Saturday morning. They were called out the 3500 block of North 8th Street where two men from Wichita were fighting.

“According to them they were just visiting relatives,” Lt. Luke Larson said.

One of the men, a 60 year old, was stabbed in the lower stomach. He was treated and released from the hospital. The other man was arrested.

Then, just after 3 AM, an officer tried to pull over a car in the 800 block of West Madison but the driver took off. Police say eventually the driver stopped in the middle of Highway 166. Officers say he had swallowed an unknown amount of meth to avoid getting caught with the drugs.

"He indicated that's one of the reasons he didn't stop the vehicle is because he had the meth and once he ingested the items he began to feel ill and had to stop,” Lt. Larson said.

There was also a 16 year old girl in the car She was released to family and the 24 year old driver faces a long list of charges including endangering a child.

Next up, police arrested a man for abusing his three year old daughter after receiving a call from the child's grandmother. The child was not seriously hurt.

Finally, police stopped by a home in the 200 block of East VanBuren to arrest a man on a warrant. Police say he fought them, kicking two officers. He kicked one in the head.

"It is unusual. We rarely even see a police car driving by unlike Wichita the big town but four in one night is pretty unusual for here,” Ark City resident Lisa Darrah said.

Police agree, their busy weekend wasn't a typical one but they say it's nothing they can't handle.

"It doesn't happen a lot but it does happen. You always have to be prepared. I guess in law enforcement you never know. The good thing is everyone came out safe. Officers and suspects included and that's the main goal, safety, " Lt. Larson said.

All the people arrested in this weekends' cases were booked into the Cowley County Jail expect for the man police say led them on a chase and swallowed meth. he wasn't arrested but we're told charges will be presented to the Cowley County Attorney.

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