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Examiner
  • Man arrested in Kansas was wanted in Independence

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  • A man wanted for ramming an Independence police car during an Oct. 15 traffic stop was take into custody Tuesday.
    Brent H. Young, 31, who police say is the driver of the vehicle that rammed a police car that sparked police gunfire and an ensuing chase and search on Oct. 15, was taken into custody in Mission, Kan., on Tuesday.
    Independence police spokesman Tom Gentry said Young was apprehended Tuesday while trying to hide in a house in Mission.
    Young was wanted on a felony warrant for assaulting a police officer. Gentry said other charges could be pending but he was unsure of what those would be at this time.
    Just after 5 a.m. on Oct. 15, an officer tried to stop the vehicle allegedly driven by Young and containing at 24th Street and Northern Boulevard in Independence. The driver failed to stop there, but did stop a few blocks later, at the intersection at Northern and Ayers Street.
    As the officer approached the driver’s window the vehicle backed up, and Gentry said it appeared the driver, allegedly Young, was trying to hit the officer. Instead it hit the police car, causing some front end damage. The officer fired several shots at the vehicle, but no one was hit, Gentry said.
    A pursuit then went east until the suspects’ vehicle turned down a dead-end driveway. Young jumped out and ran; the officer held the other three until other officers arrived.
    Police notified the Independence School District about the search for the suspect, and schools in that area of town were put on lockdown until the other suspects were apprehended.

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