Early Monday morning, Parsons police arrested a Parsons man for attempting to elude officers.

According to a prepared statement from the Parsons Police Department, at 3:06 a.m. Sunday Parsons Police Sgt. Brice Dickens attempted to stop a motorcycle that had no taillights in the 2200 block of Crawford. 

The driver of the motorcycle failed to stop when Dickens activated his emergency equipment. The rider turned south onto 25th Street and continued to try and evade officers. The driver continued fleeing throughout the west side of Parsons and eventually attempted to ride though a yard in the 3000 block of Main when he accidentally laid the motorcycle over. The rider ran. Dickens gave chase and he and other officers were eventually able to catch the rider in the 3000 block of Washington, police said.

The man, Steven M. Leon, 31, of Parsons was arrested. Leon is being held on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, speeding, no insurance, expired tag, illegal tag, failure to stop at stop sign, defective equipment, unsafe turning, interference with law enforcement, reckless driving and fleeing or attempting to elude. Officers evaluated Leon and found he was not injured when he wrecked. 

“I am glad this came to a relatively peaceful resolution. Vehicle chases have the ability to spiral out of control in an instant,” Deputy Police Chief Dennis Dodd said. “The driver was taken into custody and sustained no reported injuries, and that is the best outcome we can hope for. A job well done to Sgt. Dickens and his crew for the arrest.”

This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, call the tip line at 421-7057 or email tips@parsonspd.com.

 

Domestic violence arrest

On Sunday, Parsons police were called to the 2300 block of Crawford for a reported domestic fight. 

Officers spoke to all parties and interviewed witnesses as well. The victim’s account of the situation along with witnesses and physical evidence of the battery that took place led officers to make an arrest. 

Johnathon Quinton Ray Jones, 20, of Parsons was arrested on suspicion of aggravated domestic battery. Jones was arrested without incident. 

Police will request the Labette County Attorney’s Office to charge Jones with five counts of aggravated domestic battery, one count of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated intimidation of a witness, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated child endangerment, one count of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of domestic battery and one count of criminal restraint. 

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said he was grateful that witnesses were able to call 911 and report the crime before more serious or permanent harm was done.

“Domestic violence has long plagued our city and our families. Here is a domestic with a young child involved. These types of domestic situations can turn deadly, especially with children involved. See it, hear it, report it works great for a lot of criminal activity, but domestics are usually not one of them.”

Spinks wants to remind everyone that if a family member, friend, or loved one is in a bad situation to contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or visit www.thehotline.org. You can also call 911 for an emergency or the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060. 

This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, call the tip line at 421-7057 or email tips@parsonspd.com.

Recommended for you