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Man wrecks stolen SUV, attempts to steal 2nd car

By The Mercury

A Westmoreland man suspected of driving a stolen SUV while drunk was arrested on Sunday after he had reportedly attacked two people in an attempt to steal another vehicle with which to flee an accident scene.

Riley County police on Monday reported that Nathan Woodyard, 37, was involved in a vehicle collision Sunday afternoon near the 2800 block of Pillsbury Road.

A report of the incident was filed at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

In the accident, the 2003 Ford Excursion Woodyard was driving — which had been reported as stolen — overturned.

According to a police report, Woodyard then attempted to steal a vehicle from the scene.

In the process, he attacked Trevor Hoyle, 19, of Junction City, and Kayla Soliday, 17, of Fort Riley. Neither sustained significant injuries, according to a police report.

Officers indicated Woodyard then ran from the scene and from officers once they arrived. Woodyard was ultimately arrested not far from the accident for DUI, interference with law enforcement, attempted aggravated robbery, attempted vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.

During an investigation, officers recovered the Excursion and money with a combined value of about $10,170. The property belonged to George Ebert, 58, of St. George.

Woodyard was issued a bond of $19,500 and wasn’t in the Riley County Jail as of late Monday morning.

Police stated no significant injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

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