Police are still searching for a man who eluded several law enforcement departments after a high speed car chase starting near North Newton.
William J. Roberts, 34, was stopped for speeding at milepost 30 of Interstate 35 by North Newton Police.
According to chief Randy Jordan, North Newton officers used Roberts license to perform a background check, and when they found several outstanding warrants a Harvey County Sheriff's deputy responded to the scene of the traffic stop for support.
“He came back with a whole list of warrants and a caution that he was dangerous,” Jordan said.
When the sheriff's vehicle pulled up, Roberts took off. He led officers southbound on I-135 at speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour before exiting at the Sedgwick exit — fleeing westbound to Sedgwick before heading south on Ridge Road.
He left the county on Ridge Road, however, officers continued pursuit. At North 61st and Ridge Road Maize police joined the fray. At 53rd Street North in Sedgwick county, the chase left Ridge Road.
At 53rd Street and Broadway, a Harvey County Sheriff's deputy deployed stop sticks, which Roberts ran over. However, he continued driving.
Officers lost sight of Roberts' vehicle, finding it again in a parking lot at 61st and Woodlawn. Roberts was not in the car, he had fled on foot.
Jordan believes Roberts stole another car, as Thursday morning a car was stolen in the area.
Roberts is described as standing about 6-feet tall and weighing about 230 pounds. He has brown hair and facial hair. He was last seen Wednesday night wearing a gray tank top and black shorts or pants.
He is wanted by the Aurora, Colorado, police department after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.
“She was seriously injured,” Jordan said.
While on the run from Aurora, Roberts was also allegedly in a confrontation with police officers from Dillon, Colorado. During that, he is accused of ramming a police car.
Wednesday officers from North Newton, Harvey County Sheriff's Office, Maize, Belle Aire, Kechi, Wichita, Park City, Kansas Highway Patrol and Sedgwick County Sheriff;s Office were all involved in the chase.