One person was arrested after a high-speed chase that began in Emporia ended in a wreck near Williamsburg Sunday afternoon.

"Around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Emporia Police were called to the area of the Dollar Tree for a report of a suspicious van," according to a written release sent Emporia Police Sergeant Lisa Sage Tuesday morning.

"When officers arrived the only occupant of the van, a man later identified as 27 year old Joshua Forero of Emporia, would not comply with officers’ orders to step out of the vehicle. After several minutes of negotiation, officers broke a window of the van and Forero drove away. One officer was cut by glass when Forero drove away and another officer was nearly run over.

"Emporia Police pursued Forero through several [northwest] Emporia streets before getting on to I-35, northbound. The Kansas Highway Patrol and Coffey County Sheriff’s Office eventually took over the pursuit and Forero reportedly crashed near mile marker 173 on I-35 where he was taken into custody.

"Emporia Police responded to Coffey County and took custody of Forero. He is currently confined at the Lyon County Detention Center on charges of Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Reckless Driving, Felony Elude, several traffic violations and Possession of Marijuana."

The van has shown up in several posts on social media in recent days stating the driver has been "stalking" young women in the area. 

Sage told The Gazette that local police had investigated those claims several times. 

"I know we've had multiple calls throughout last week regarding this van and subject as being suspicious, however, every time we've responded, we found no crimes to have been committed," she said. 

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Bubarubu, seems like your a little late to the party.


I sure hope law enforcement did not exceed the legal speed limit when chasing this suspect who had just committed "Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Reckless Driving, Felony Elude, several traffic violations and Possession of Marijuana".

I also hope they don't lie and contrive a story to justify why they had to endanger others in this chase. I have never seen it anywhere else across the country, about the "high speed" chases here. There are so many "high speeds" in Emporia you could have a TV channel with nothing but live police chases. That just don't happen anywhere else, not even California!

Lastly, I hope the person that EPD chased can receive all evidence from the Prosecutors including Body Cameras! That way he can see what kind of giant fool he looked like!

And don't try to delete my comment, I know my first amendment rights!


You don't have First Amendment rights on a private forum. And they have high speed chases all over the place, you just don't hear about them, just like people in Topeka, KC, and California don't hear about any chases here.


My post was sarcasm, I support cops doing their jobs, even if they have to go as fast as the bad guys.

Also I know the first amendment protects us from the government. I tried to explain to another commenter that the gazette can't violate your first amendment, and the response I got was "I believe that if one follows the rules set by the Gazette and they do not like a comment and delete it just because they don’t like what is said, then I believe this would be Censorship and that is violating the 1st Amendment."

When I followed up with "only the government can violate your first amendment", the response I got is as follows: ~~ "Your statement of “Your first amendment can “Only” be violated by the government. Not True…. Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information, on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or "inconvenient." Censorship can be conducted by Governments and Private Institutions, and other controlling bodies. General censorship occurs in a variety of different media, including speech, books, music, films, and other arts, the Press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of claimed reasons"

Crazy people, lol.

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