After an hours-long manhunt, Shawnee police arrested a man suspected of ramming officers’ vehicles with his car during a traffic stop Thursday night before running away and eluding capture.
On Friday, police had been searching the area of the 6000 block of Charlotte Court. They used a drone to try to find the man, without success.
Shortly after calling off the search, police announced they arrested a man they believed was the driver who had been eluding them since Thursday night.
The driver first encountered police on Thursday about 8:20 p.m. when an officer pulled him over for a traffic violation in the parking lot of the Temp Stop on Pflumm Road. At that time, the driver began to ram the officer’s vehicles, as well as two other officers’ vehicles.
He then left the scene in his car, and police chased him.
After crashing in a wooded area at Swarner Park, the driver fled on foot. Though police set up a perimeter and used dogs to search for the driver, they could not find him Thursday night. There were other passengers in the driver’s car.
On Friday, a person who matched the driver’s description was offering to pay for rides from the area, and police were once again called.
After the search was called off and most of the law enforcement presence disappeared, some Shawnee police officers remained to patrol the area in case the man came out of hiding.
They arrested a man spotted walking in an area near the search. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.