3-county chase ends in injury crash in Manhattan

By The Mercury

Mary Shirk

A police chase Tuesday exceeding speeds of 120 mph through three counties ended when the suspect crashed into another vehicle near the 600 block of Fort Riley Boulevard in Manhattan.

Police later found pounds of drugs, several firearms and $30,000 in the suspect’s car.

Two people were injured in the crash, according to police reports.

The pursuit began about 3 p.m. when Rossville Police Chief Jason Connell responded to a report of a dangerous driver on U.S. Highway 24. Connell said he witnessed a black 2009 Lexus passenger car being driven erratically and attempted a traffic stop. The driver, Robert McGinley, 26, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, did not stop. Instead he accelerated and continued west on U.S. Highway 24.
Rossville police chased McGinley from Shawnee County, through Pottawatomie County and into Manhattan. McGinley ran a stop light at Tuttle Creek Boulevard and Highway 24, hit a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Kelly Alexander of Clay Center and continued west on Fort Riley Boulevard. His vehicle then crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes and wrecked into a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by David Hober of Manhattan, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.

McGinley and Hober were transported to Via Christi for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, which closed a section of Fort Riley Boulevard for about an hour. Both were treated and released from the hospital, Via Christi spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy said.

Rossville police said McGinley had absconded parole for armed robbery in the Kansas City area, meaning he hadn’t complied with the conditions of his release. Police also said McGinley was possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Officers found two loaded handguns, extra ammunition, a loaded AR-15 rifle, approximately 1.1 pounds of marijuana, approximately 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately $30,000 in Mc- Ginley’s vehicle. McGinley was arrested by the Riley County Police Department after being released from Via Christi, in connection with aggravated battery, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a felon, flee and elude, driving while suspended, DUI, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. McGinley remains confined at the Riley County Jail on no bond.
RCPD spokesman Alexander Robinson said the department will take over the criminal investigation at the request of the Rossville Police Department.

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