- Posted March 25, 2014 by
Suspect at Large After High Speed Chase
At approximately 12:25 AM, March 24th, the report states Officer Richard Ruiz observed a silver Hyundai Tiburon at Oakland and Pennsylvania. When the dispatch reported the vehicle was listed as stolen, Officer Ruiz pursued the vehicle and after Cpl Darrel Williams provided backup, Ruiz attempted a traffic stop.
The suspect engaged a high speed chase reaching speeds as high as 120 mph.
According to the report, from Oakland and Pennsylvania the suspect vehicle stopped at Oakland on Minnesota and a front seat passenger exited, later identified as a minor whose name has not been released.
From southbound on Minnesota the vehicle turned westbound on Farrall Ave. where it ran a red light before it merged onto Hwy 177, and then east on Hwy 9. The report shows the vehicle then drove into oncoming traffic before turning northbound on Crosslin and entering Bob Crouch Rd., Valley View Rd., Benson Park Rd., the vehicle headed north on Kelly where it crashed through a metal gate and entered a field. Williams and Ruiz followed, damaging Ruiz’s vehicle with barbed wire.
In the chase through the field, the vehicle traveled directly towards Cpl. Williams vehicle, forcing the patrol car to prevent a head-on collision and causing the right side of Cpl. Williams car to strike a tree. Through two barbed wire fences, onto a dirt road, the vehicle ran through a road block on Benson Park Road set up by Pottawatomie County deputies, according to the report.
The vehicle then continued across a ditch where it stopped in the front yard of a residence on Melissa. The suspect fled on foot eastbound into the woods and eluded police.
Inside the vehicle police found a brown wallet containing a social security card, a debit card, and three casino cards registered to Kenneth Huston Lingar, the report shows.
The report also states Marsha Linger, the suspect’s mother, advised dispatch that her son Kenneth Linger told her he was in a police pursuit.
Lingar has a criminal record. He was charged with Second Degree Burglary in August of 2013 and Assault and Battery on a police officer in May of 2007.