Kan. man wanted by US Marshals captured driving stolen pickup

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SHAWNEE COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a wanted Kansas felon on multiple charges after a high-speed chase.

Just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Kansas Highway Patrol and Topeka Police Department with taking a suspect into custody following a pursuit. The pursuit was initiated when the suspect, Richard W. Meier II, 26 of Topeka, was driving a stolen white Ford F250 pickup truck from the 1600 block of SW Central Part Avenue, according to Deputy Abigail Christian.

The pursuit continued through the south part of Topeka and into rural Shawnee County.

Multiple law enforcement officers assisted in the termination of the pursuit near Interstate 470 and SW Burlingame Road.

Meier was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections for two felony warrants and one misdemeanor warrant out of Shawnee County along with a felony warrant through the United States Marshal’s Service.

Meier is facing multiple charges from the Kansas Highway Patrol, including aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence and more, according to Christian.

Meier has numerous previous convictions that include theft, criminal threat, battery on a university/campus police officer, robbery, making false writing, obstruction, assault on a law enforcement officer, criminal threat, flee or attempt to elude law enforcement and for drugs, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

If anyone sustained damage to their vehicles or was nearly struck during this pursuit, please contact Trooper Dobler at [email protected]

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