Man tased after foot pursuit south of Ark City

Russell Snell

An Ark City man was tased and arrested Thursday night after a short foot chase near the Kansas-Oklahoma border, according to a sheriff’s report.

Russell Snell, 32, was reported to authorities by his mother after he stole her 1984 Chevy Impala sometime Thursday from the 32000 block of 111th Road, northeast of Strother Field. A deputy found the vehicle around 6 p.m. in the 33000 block of Tower Road and met with Snell before he fled the residence.

During the chase, dispatch was unable to reach the deputy, prompting Ark City officers to respond for assistance, according to radio archives. The deputy chased him to an adjacent property, where Snell attempted to escape to a wooded area in a field west of 61st Road, where the chase ended.

The deputy issued commands to Snell with no compliance, forcing the deputy to tase him, the report states. Ark City EMS was requested and arrived on scene at 332nd Place and Tower Road. Snell was taken into custody and transported by EMS to South Central Kansas Medical Center for treatment of the taser deployment, then booked into the Cowley County Jail with a $60,000 bond, according to Cowley Sheriff Dave Falletti.

Charges filed against Snell are possession of opiates or narcotics, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with law enforcement for fleeing. 

Snell was also found to have an Ark City Municipal Court warrant for drug charges, Falletti confirmed.

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

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