TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Shawnee County Dispatch released audio to KSNT News Tuesday afternoon of callers spotting the Kansas Senate Majority leader driving on the wrong side of the highway.
Callers reported seeing a white SUV driving west in the eastbound lanes of I-470 starting near Wanamaker Road and later on I-70 around 12:45 a.m. The Kansas Highway Patrol said it engaged in a “short pursuit” with the driver, identified as Republican Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop.
Authorities finally stopped him in downtown Topeka. In radio chatter, they are heard preparing to use stop-spikes on Suellentrop’s car.
The Kansas Highway Patrol arrested Suellentrop on charges including driving under the influence and fleeing law enforcement, but Shawnee County District Court Judge Penny Moylan dismissed the charges against him, citing lack of probable cause.
Listen to the full audio released by Shawnee County Dispatch below: