Topeka man jailed following early-morning chase just north of city

Jeremy Lee Rhoads, 42, of Topeka, was booked into jail on Tuesday in connection with crimes related to a police chase. (Shawnee County Jail)

One person was in custody following a chase early Tuesday just north of Topeka, authorities said.

 

The chase began around 4:20 a.m., after a Shawnee County sheriff’s deputy attempted to a stop a white Pontiac Grand Prix near N.W. 46th and Rochester Road in connection with a traffic violation, officials said.

The driver of the Grand Prix failed to stop for the deputy and a pursuit ensued. The Pontiac went north on Rochester and turned east on N.W. 50th, continuing east at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit continued north on N.W. Topeka Boulevard before the Grand Prix turned into a neighborhood in the 5700 block of N.W. Topeka Boulevard.

The driver fled the Pontiac, letting the vehicle roll into a tree. The driver was apprehended by the deputy. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

The driver, Jeremy L. Rhoads, 42, of Topeka, was transported to the Shawnee County Jail where he was booked in at 7:45 a.m. in connection with speeding; fleeing and eluding; possession of opiate, opium, narcotic or certain stimulant; possession of drug paraphernalia; and other traffic violations.

He remained in jail as of 10 a.m. Tuesday and was nonbondable pending a first appearance in Shawnee County District Court on Wednesday.

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