September 18, 2014

Alleged Nebraska crime spree halted in Gardner

Mark Taylor
submissions@gardnernews.com

A crime spree alleged to have started in Lincoln, Neb. ended in Gardner following a police

Christopher Butcher

chase on April 14.

Gardner officers arrested 30-year-old Christopher Lee Butcher, Omaha, Neb., for felony fleeing and eluding arrest.

According to police, the vehicle Butcher was driving had earlier been reported stolen in Lincoln.

The pursuit began when a Gardner officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle speeding on Moonlight Road, just north of Main Street.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, which then fled west on 167th at a high rate of speed.

Stop sticks were deployed at 167th and Gardner Road after the driver had turned the vehicle around and started driving back eastbound.

After hitting the stop sticks, the suspect’s vehicle struck a tree in a yard in the 800 block of N. Cottonwood St.

The suspect fled on foot, but was then captured with the help of  canine units from Lenexa and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

No one was injured during the incident.

Butcher remains jailed in lieu of a $10,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 21 in Johnson County District Court.

Ilena Spalding, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department, said Gardner authorities are working with Lincoln police regarding the stolen vehicle.

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