Texas Murder Suspect Critically Hurt In Kansas Turnpike Pursuit

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A murder suspect wanted in Texas is under guard at a Wichita hospital with critical injuries and burns after crashing his vehicle Thursday afternoon during a pursuit in south-central Kansas.

Lt. John Lehnherr with the Kansas Turnpike Authority says troopers were on the lookout for a black Pontiac Grand Am believed to be driven by 27-year-old Anthony Ford, who is wanted in connection to the stabbing death of a Mansfeld, Texas woman.

Troopers spotted the vehicle around 2 p.m. Thursday heading southbound on the turnpike near Belle Plaine. Lehnherr said troopers attempted to stop the car near Wellington, but the driver fled, reaching speeds of 110 to 120 miles-per-hour.

About 16 miles later, near the Kansas/Oklahoma border, Ford's vehicle left the roadway, flipped onto its top and caught fire. Ford was pinned for a short time, but he was soon freed and flown to a Wichita hospital with critical injuries and burns.

Arrangements to get Ford extradited to Texas are currently in the works, Lehnherr said.

Our affiliate in Dallas reports police were searching for Ford after a 23-year-old woman was found dead Sunday night inside her apartment.

Investigators said a relative called 911 after growing concerned. When officers arrived, they found the woman dead of apparent stab wounds.

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