Suspect drives through Wichita cemetery during police chase

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Damage to headstones at Calvary Cemetery caused by a driver in a stolen vehicle. Damage to headstones at Calvary Cemetery caused by a driver in a stolen vehicle.

Wichita police say a 19-year-old suspect who drove through a cemetery during a pursuit early Thursday morning was also in possession of keys to multiple cars.

Officers attempted at 2:30 a.m. to stop a silver Honda for failing to yield in the 1400 block of South Pershing. The driver fled, leading authorities on a pursuit at minimal speeds through neighborhoods between Hillside and Oliver. 

Officer Charley Davidson said the driver struck a privacy fence on East Lincoln and a street sign at Morris and Clifton before entering the Calvary Cemetery at 610 South Vassar, where he damaged at least two headstones. 

The driver then ran from the vehicle but was quickly taken into custody, Officer Davidson said. Investigators learned the Honda was stolen and found the suspect had keys to various makes and models of cars.

The suspect was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail for auto theft, criminal damage to property, felony pursuit, obstruction and other traffic charges. Jail records identified him as Anthony W. Venskus Jr.

Police continue to investigate the case.

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