Kansas Senate Majority leader bonds out of jail with new fleeing police, DUI charges from Shawnee County district attorney

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Kansas Senate Majority leader has bonded out of jail Friday after Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said he formally filed charges against him in relation to his March 16 arrest.

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop walks away from the Shawnee County Department of Corrections after bonding out. (KSNT Photo/Brooke Lennington)

KSNT News was at the Shawnee County Department of Corrections as Suellentrop walked out of the jail. He did not respond when reporters asked him multiple questions.

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop

Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop faces charges including:

  • Eluding or attempting to elude police, a felony
  • Driving under the influence, a misdemeanor
  • Reckless driving, a misdemeanor
  • Driving the wrong way on a divided highway, an infraction
  • Speeding, an infraction

Suellentrop turned himself back in just before 5 p.m. at the Shawnee County Department of Corrections after an arrest warrant was issued for him, according to Kagay. His bond was set at $5,000, and he was walking out of the jail around 6:40 p.m. No future court hearings have been scheduled at this time.

The Kansas Highway Patrol told KSNT News it was sending its investigation’s findings to Kagay from when its Capitol Police division arrested Suellentrop March 16. The Capitol Police arrested Suellentrop on charges of wrong-way driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on March 16.

KSNT News obtained phone calls and police radio chatter from Shawnee County Dispatch from the incident, which indicated Suellentrop drove on the wrong side of both I-70 and I-470 starting in west Topeka before being stopped in downtown.

After the Senate Majority leader’s arrest, Shawnee County District Court Judge Penny Moylan released Suellentrop from jail in his first court hearing. She told him there was missing “pertinent information” in the arresting officer’s report.

A criminal defense attorney told KSNT News that even though Suellentrop was released, the Shawnee County District Attorney can move forward with filing charges based on an in-depth report submitted to him by KHP.

“It’s all in the DA’s offices’ hands now,” said Criminal Defense Attorney Michelle David.

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