A Kansas City man with a lengthy criminal record will spend 21 years and six months in federal prison without parole for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, with intent to distribute the meth.
Christopher Kessler, 30, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. He was convicted in September 2017 of possessing 50 grams or more of meth and possessing marijuana.
Kessler was arrested on March 5, 2016, after a high-speed chase that began in Independence and ended in Kansas City. Independence police attempted to stop a Ford Explorer driven by Kessler at about 12:30 a.m. After Kessler pulled over, the officer was notified that the license plate on his vehicle had been reported as stolen. The officer, using the speaker on his vehicle, ordered Kessler to put the Explorer into park, but Kessler instead sped off.
During the chase, officers said Kessler reached speeds as high as 105 mph and was driving in the opposite lanes of traffic without his lights.
After officers called off the chase, helicopter surveillance witnessed Kessler enter a hotel. Officers then chased Kessler on foot and tackled him, and Kessler resisted arrest by biting one of the officers on the hand and wrist.
After he was handcuffed, officers discovered a clear plastic baggie that contained at least 50.9 grams of pure meth in his right front pocket, as well as a smaller clear plastic baggie that contained seven grams of marijuana.
According to court records, Kessler has criminal record of 41 convictions in 25 separate cases, as well as a lengthy history of resisting police while operating vehicles at high rates of speed, resulting in accidents, erratic driving behavior and fleeing on foot. Kessler was on supervision for a Johnson County, Kansas District Court theft case at the time of his arrest in this case.