By Frederick Bader
HARVEY COUNTY – Harvey County Sheriff’s deputies were led on a merry chase last Saturday, May 16, when a fleeing subject instigated pursuit that passed through the communities of Sedgwick, Halstead and Burrton.
The chase began in Sedgwick, where Harvey County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over Austin Hensley, 24, of Sedgwick. Hensley fled on a motorcycle and made his way across the county while deputies tried to parallel him, according to Harvey County sheriff T. Walton.
After zooming through Halstead on Sixth Street, Hensley made his way into Burrton. While traveling eastbound on Adams, he attempted to turn south on Burmac but crashed and was thrown from the vehicle, where deputies were finally able to make the arrest. “He appeared to be OK but we took him to the hospital anyway for some minor injuries,” Walton said.
Hensley was charged with attempting to elude arrest, DUI, driving while a habitual violator, reckless driving and driving without liability insurance.
“When you elude arrest, your vehicle becomes subject to asset forfeiture,” Walton said. “Legal process determines if we have a right to the vehicle, in this case a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It will most likely go up for police auction.”