Man leads deputies on high speed chase before crashing into house
by Dennis Sharkey
Charges have been filed against one man and more are expected against another in connection with a high speed chase that spanned two counties last week.
Gerald M. Durrill, 23, was booked on charges of reckless driving and attempting to allude police officers and is currently being held in the Jefferson County jail after he led Jefferson County and Shawnee County deputies on an early morning car chase.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said he got a call about 3 a.m. that deputies were involved in a high speed chase up Ferguson Road. The chase began near the Big Slough arm when officers clocked a speeding truck with no tag light or tags.
The chase then went west on K-92 Highway and then onto a gravel road west of K-4 Highway. Durrill then led officers south on Sherman Road where deputies temporarily lost the vehicle. Shawnee County deputies then picked up the pursuit that ended about 3:30 a.m. when Durrill crashed into a house.
Herrig said someone was home at the time but no one was hurt.
After crashing into the house Durrill led officers on a brief foot chase before being apprehended.
Another man, who has not been identified, jumped out of Durrill’s vehicle before it crashed. That man has been questioned by Jefferson County deputies and charges are expected to be filed against that man for a motorcycle chase he led Jefferson County deputies on the night before this incident.
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