Atchison County accident follows Sunday morning chase

A chase that started in Jackson County ended in a crash in Atchison County that injured two people.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse says that a deputy attempted to stop a 2004 Saturn Ion in the area of 254th Rd. and US Highway 75 Sunday morning at approximately 5:00 a.m. for traffic infractions.

The driver did not stop, and drove eastbound on 254th Rd. to W Rd. in an attempt to get away from the deputy.

The vehicle continued north on W Rd. to K-9 Hwy then east through the city of Whiting and east into Atchison County.

The Saturn overturned after failing to negotiate the curves at 159 Highway.

Both the driver, 56-year-old Robert Neal Kirk Jr of Topeka and the passenger, 49-year-old Ronald Snowberger of Saint George, were injured in the wreck.

Both men were taken to area hospitals by EMS.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck. The pursuit is under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.