Charges filed in chase involving stolen FedEx truck

12/05/2013 5:28 PM

12/05/2013 5:28 PM

Prosecutors in three area counties filed felony charges Thursday against a man who allegedly led police on a two-state chase in a stolen FedEx delivery truck.

Caleb Ownby, 19, of Kansas City, was arrested early Wednesday evening in Prairie Village after the chase, which began in southeast Kansas City.

Johnson County prosecutors filed a felony theft charge against Ownby, saying he possessed the truck that had been stolen Wednesday morning at a gas station in Kansas City, North.

Clay County prosecutors charged him with auto tampering, saying he stole the truck around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday after its driver had gone into the gas station at 8801 N.E. Birmingham Road to buy something.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Ownby with auto tampering as well as fleeing and eluding and driving without a valid license.

According to court documents filed in the Clay and Jackson County cases, packages from the stolen truck were later recovered at the homes of two relatives of Ownby in south Kansas City.

The chase that led to his arrest began about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday when Kansas City police saw the stolen truck in the area of Bannister Road and Bales Avenue.

During the chase, Kansas City police used a device to flatten some of the vehicle’s tires before it drove into Kansas and stopped near 71st Street and Belinder Avenue.

Ownby was arrested by Prairie Village police and taken to the Johnson County jail, where he remained Thursday night.

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