The suspect, 23, leads the police on a 100 mph chase in a stolen patrol car

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Suspect, 23, leads Kansas police in a 100mph chase in a stolen patrol car with his hands handcuffed behind his back

  • Joshua D. Swartwout, 23, from Florida, was arrested in Kansas this weekend
  • Authorities said he was leading officers in a 100mph chase in a stolen police car
  • Police said the suspect was handcuffed when he gained control of the patrol car
  • About 30 minutes after Swartwout allegedly stole the car, the vehicle came to a stop at milestone 31 near Edison, Kansas, after running out of fuel.
  • Swartwout is said to have fled on foot before he was quickly arrested

A handcuffed suspect is said to have led Kansas police over the weekend in a 100mph chase in a stolen patrol car.

Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) identified the suspect as Joshua D. Swartwout, 23, from Naples, Florida.

In a statement, the KHP said an officer took Swartwout to a detention center around noon on Saturday after he was arrested following a chase involving a stolen vehicle.

The trooper then witnessed a motorcycle accident on Highway 25 near Atwood, Kansas, and stopped to provide assistance.

A handcuffed suspect allegedly led Kansas Police over the weekend (image from file) on a 100mph chase in a stolen patrol car

A handcuffed suspect allegedly led Kansas Police over the weekend (image from file) on a 100mph chase in a stolen patrol car

Authorities said that while the trooper was assisting the victim of the collision, Swartwout “gained control” of the officer’s patrol car and drove away at a “high speed.”

Other KHP troopers and local units then pursued the patrol car on K-25 and Interstate 70.

About 30 minutes later, the vehicle came to a stop at Milestone 31 near Edison, Kansas, after the patrol car ran out of fuel.

The authorities said that Swartwout, who was still handcuffed behind his back, fled on foot but was quickly arrested.

He was arrested and taken to Sherman County Jail without further incident.

No one was injured in the incident, police said, adding that there was no damage to the patrol car either.

Trooper Tod Hileman, a spokesman for the KHP, said ABC news that they did not ask Swartwout how he operated the vehicle while he was handcuffed.

But Hileman said, “As a chasing driving instructor for 20 years, I can only assume he used his knees.”

Hileman also noted that Swartwout was in the front seat of the car because the patrol vehicle was not equipped with a rear seat cage.

Speaking about the trooper who stopped to help the victim of a motorcycle accident, Hilman told ABC, “We don’t normally do that, but this trooper saw this accident happening right in front of him and it was in a rural area.

‘Because you have been trained as a highway police officer, it is ingrained that you will help.’

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