TOPEKA (KSNT) – A man who was accused of intentionally setting a house on fire in 2021, and leaving a woman in critical condition in May of 2022 following a police chase is back in the crosshairs of the Topeka Police Department.

Austen Taylor Burris was again being held in the Shawnee County Detention Center on Nov. 16 on a number of charges, including:

  • battery on a law enforcement officer
  • speeding
  • failure to yield at a stop sign
  • improper driving on a laned roadway
  • theft, >$1,500 < $25,000
  • fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer
  • interference with a law enforcement officer
  • driving while suspended
  • failure to stop at an accident
  • aggravated battery

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Burris was driving a stolen vehicle. Burris will face multiple charges after hitting a Kansas Highway Patrol vehicle while running from law enforcement.

He is being held without bond.