Mark Taylor
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A five-hour manhunt in Edgerton on May 6 resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old Gardner runaway suspected of stealing a car.
The suspect, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was arrested on charges of criminal damage to property, but will likely face additional charges after the district attorney reviews the case.
According to Dep. Rick Howell of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies at 6 p.m. Friday responded to a call regarding a suspicious vehicle in an alley north of the 300 Block of E. Nelson St.
Deputies ran the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier’s tags and discovered it was reported stolen out of Gardner.
Howell said the reporting party had approached the vehicle resulting in a “scuffle” with the driver.
In the process, the car struck a utility pole, which was substantially damaged and had to be replaced by KCP&L, and the driver fled on foot.
Deputies lost the suspect, but quickly set up a perimeter around the area between 3rd and 4th streets from McDonald streets to Nelson Street.
A K9 unit from the Shawnee Police Department was called in.  Also assisting were officers from the Gardner and Wellsville police departments.
The suspect, described as a white male, was apprehended and arrested at about 11:15 p.m. He was not armed.
Edgerton resident Donnalee Stevens said she had just gotten home as the incident was unfolding.
“I had to pull in past a cop car,” Stevens said.  “There was a cop at every intersection that my eyes could see.”
Stevens said her husband Jim and 11-year-old son Mathew were advised by police to remain in their house while the K9 searched their street.
The suspect remains in custody at the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.
No one was injured during the incident.