Man with extensive criminal history arrested after Wichita chase, crash

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A 36-year-old man has been arrested for assault on a law enforcement officer and numerous other charges after a chase and crash in Wichita on Wednesday.

Jail records show Jacob Gillespie III was booked for two counts of aggravated assault, four counts of criminal damage to property, three counts of possession of stolen property, two counts of obstruction, fleeing law enforcement, possession of meth, violating parole, and nine traffic-related charges. 

The pursuit began near Pawnee and Rock Road at around 10 a.m., after officers attempted to contact the suspect in connection to property taken in a burglary and a stolen truck.

"While officers were trying to apprehend the 36-year-old male, he was able to make it back to the stolen truck and flee while officers were hanging on to him," Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said. "The officers were able to let go as the vehicle sped off."

Sgt. Woodrow alleges Gillespie then drove toward an officer his patrol vehicle and possibly hit it. During the pursuit, the suspect then struck the same patrol car. 

The chase continued through business lawns along The Waterfront development near 13th and Webb. Business owners in the shopping area locked their doors for safety.

The pursuit ended when the suspect hit a utility pole in the 4100 block of Cranbrook Street, a residential area near 21st and Webb. Officers then took Gillespie into custody.

"The irony of all ironies is that I work right here down the street, and we saw all the action this morning and I had no idea my truck was involved," Roger Buller, owner of the stolen truck, which was stolen January 14. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Gillespie has about four dozen prior convictions that include burglary, theft and drug possession. He's served time in prison and on Community Corrections since 2001. He last paroled in December 2016 and was listed as an absconder less that two weeks later. 

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