Parole absconder goes off-road to evade Wichita police

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas parole absconder was arrested by Wichita police after driving off-road to evade officers Thursday evening. 

An officer stopped a blue Ford Ranger near Market and English for a traffic violation at around 8 p.m. When the officer approached the pickup, the pickup sped off. 

"At one point the vehicle traveled off road," Officer Charley Davidson said, "and then was seen by an observant sergeant that [sic] was heading into work."

The pickup was found stopped near Palisade and Bayley, and the driver ran off. The sergeant and responding officers were able to take him into custody.

Jail records show the suspect, 38-year-old Nicholas Branch, was booked for a parole violation, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, and several traffic-related charges. He was held without bond Friday morning.

Department of Corrections records show Branch absconded from parole on March 16. He has prior convictions of aggravated escape, drug possession and burglary. He has been listed as an absconder two other times since late 2015. 

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