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Kan. deputy uses pepper spray to arrest suspect following chase



SHAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a suspect on multiple charges, including felony fleeing or attempting to elude, following a vehicle pursuit Friday.

Just after 3:00 a.m. an officer with the Topeka Police Department attempted to stop a white 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood for no tag at SW 37th Street and SW Topeka Boulevard, according to Deputy Shayna Anderson.

The driver later identified as Rico E.D.M. Taylor, 28, Topeka, failed to stop. A short time later, a deputy with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office observed the vehicle at SW 21st Street and SW Washburn Avenue. A short pursuit was initiated and quickly ended in the 1700 block of SW Quincy Street when the vehicle struck a residential fence.

After Taylor exited the vehicle he resisted arrest and a deputy was forced to administer oleoresin capsicum, a pepper spray. Deputies recovered a loaded firearm from the scene, according to Anderson.

Deputies transported Taylor to the Shawnee County Department of Corrections after being medically cleared at the scene. He was booked on requested charges of  felony flee or attempt to elude, criminal damage to property, transporting an open container and several traffic related charges as well as separate charges through the Topeka Police Department.