A Parsons man, the second person involved in a 28-mile chase with law enforcement on Sept. 1, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in two Labette County cases this week.
Langston Wayne Polk, 23, and Katrina Marie Beach, 33, are charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges after the chase.
Polk, 2531 Morgan, faces charges in two cases in Labette County District Court.
In one case, he’s charged with nonresidential burglary, interfering with a law officer, fleeing and eluding, all lower-level felonies. He is also charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property (items taken from the bathroom/concession stand at Winway Park), all misdemeanors, and several traffic infractions.
In a second case, Polk is charged with possession of stolen property for $250,000 in savings bonds found in his possession on Sept. 1. The charge is a mid-level felony that could result in a prison term upon conviction. The savings bonds were allegedly taken from a rural Parsons home.
Beach, 2605 Partridge, is charged with nonresidential burglary, interfering with a law officer, fleeing and eluding, all low-level felonies. She also faces charges of possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors, and two traffic infractions. She faces charges in another case related to forging checks.
At 3:13 a.m. Sept. 1, Parsons police investigated suspicious activity at the Winway ballfields. Someone allegedly carried property (toilet paper and other items) from the bathrooms of the building that also houses the concession stand. A citizen gave a vehicle description, a red 2001 Ford Ranger pickup, and a Parsons police officer found the vehicle and pursued.
A police officer pursued the pickup east of Parsons then north into Neosho County. The 28-mile pursuit ended near 80th and Veterans roads in Neosho County when the pickup drove through a gate and into a soybean field, where it became stuck. Police and a K-9 officer from the Labette County Sheriff’s Department searched but found nothing. They eventually gave up the search.
Later that day, a fisherman on the Neosho River reported seeing a man and woman floating on a log southbound on the river. The woman asked for a cigarette and the two wanted the location of the nearest town.
Based on the citizen report, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism officers were able to get south of the two and intercepted them at 60th Road west of Wallace Road. Beach was walking eastbound on 60th; Polk was in the brush nearby. Both surrendered.
Polk waived his right to a preliminary hearing in both cases this week. He will return to court on Dec. 10. Polk was admonished to avoid contact with co-defendant Beach.
Beach will return to court Dec. 9.