Ponca City teen arrested in Kansas following pursuit

February 2, 2023 | Featured|Police

From sumnernewscow.com 

WELLINGTON, Kan. —  A police chase initiated in Wellington resulted in the arrest of Ponca City resident Owen Eugene Legleiter, 18, on Monday afternoon.

The car chase started when Wellington Police discovered Legleiter was driving a stolen vehicle.  Wellington officers called off the pursuit, and Conway Springs police resumed the chase, ending just southeast of Clearwater at around 3 p.m.

With two passengers in the vehicle, Clearwater officers deployed stop sticks which flattened the vehicle’s back tire near 111th St. South and 119th St. West. 

According to a report on KAKE.com, Legleiter allegedly drove toward the officer, missing him by inches. The Clearwater officer fired his weapon four times, and the vehicle then rolled.

Legleiter was arrested booked in the Sumner County Jail on complaints of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated child endangerment, two counts of criminal restraint, fleeing and eluding, possession of a stolen car, possession of a stolen tag, criminal use of weapons, and driving while suspended.

Clearwater police chief Kirk Ives said a 16-year-old girlfriend and a 16-month-old daughter were in the vehicle. Only the girlfriend suffered minor injuries.

Per policy, the Clearwater officer who fired his weapon was placed on administrative leave. He’s been with the department for three years and has a total of 10 to 12 years of law enforcement experience, Ives said. 

The Sumner County Attorney’s office charged Legleiter on Oct. 5 on an unrelated case of aggravated indecent liberties with a child (sexual intercourse with a minor 14-15 years of age). In that case he was allegedly caught in the Wellington Wal-Mart parking lot engaging in sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old. He is also accused of stealing a 12-pack of Cayman Jack and consuming it. That case is still pending in Sumner County court.

Owen Eugene Legleiter