Dangerous chase through Winfield ends in one arrest

A Winfield man is behind bars after a dangerous vehicle pursuit through most of northern Winfield.

Winfield police officers were dispatched around 11 p.m. Tuesday to the 200 block of West Ninth Avenue regarding a subject with active arrest warrants. The person was identified as John Charles McCoy, 25, of Winfield. 

At 11:04 p.m., officers located McCoy outside of Casey’s General Store, 219 West Ninth Avenue. McCoy fled on foot as officers arrived on scene. Law enforcement began searching the area and located McCoy in an alley in the 800 block of Menor Street where he was occupying a vehicle. McCoy failed to follow officers verbal commands to surrender and fled in a vehicle (a 1999 silver Ford F-150 pickup, according to radio communications.)

McCoy led officers on a pursuit through Winfield as he committing multiple moving violations. 

The vehicle traveled east on Seventh Avenue towards Main Street, northbound on Andrews Street turning east on Fourth Avenue, north on Harter Street and east on Second Avenue. 

The truck popped a tire and continued past Michigan on Second Avenue, turned north on Massachusetts Street and east towards College Street. 

The pursuit continued north on North College Street and east on Winfield Avenue, coming to a dead end where McCoy continued into a private drive at the end of Winfield Street. 

The pursuit ended in about 15 minutes in the 1900 block of Winfield Street.

McCoy caused damage to private property and Winfield police patrol vehicles. McCoy also struck a Cowley County deputy’s patrol vehicle at this location before crashing his vehicle into a tree, disabling it. 

No law enforcement officers were injured. McCoy was treated for non-life-threatening injuries  — a possible foot injury according to radio archives — at William Newton Hospital before being booked into the Cowley County Jail.

McCoy is facing charges that include two counts of aggravated battery on law enforcement officers, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, flee and attempt to elude, driving while suspended, reckless driving, and criminal damage to property. 

He was also booked on three outstanding arrest warrants including failure to appear in court. His bond is $44,300, according to Cowley Sheriff Dave Falletti. Cowley deputies assisted in the chase and creating a report.

A defendant’s guilt or innocence is to be determined by a court of law.

CT Digital Manager Thomas Carver contributed to this release.

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