The Emporia Gazette

An Emporia man was arrested for driving under the influence and a host of other charges following a brief chase and foot pursuit Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Emporia Police Department, Juan M. Cervantes, 31, officers were informed of a reckless driver at 12:30 p.m. by a Lyon County Sheriff’s deputy.

An EPD officer saw the car traveling eastbound on Sixth Avenue at Oak Street and as the officer attempted get behind the car, the suspect sped away.

According to a written release from Captain Ray Mattas, the car was then seen by another Emporia Police Department officer at Sixth Avenue and State Street, heading eastbound at a high rate of speed. This officer followed the car in an attempt to stop the car, but the driver refused to stop.

The vehicle became disabled in the 600 block of Commercial Street due to a mechanical failure.

The driver refused to comply with officer’s commanders and was identified as Cervantes after a short foot pursuit. He was captured in the 800 block of Merchant Street.

Cervantes was booked into the Lyon County Detention Center on the charges of DUI, Flee and Elude, and Interference with a Law Enforcement Officer, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Transport Open Container.

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Unfortunately there are going to be more of these chases... The one that killed Steve Henry ended tragically. I have asked city officials about sending an alert (similar to the Amber alerts) to mobile phones when one is in pursuit. I've been told that it could be done. It would at least give a "heads up" to all to be aware of a chase somewhere in town. If it would save even one life, it would definitely be worth it.

James Bordonaro

I believe automobiles should be equipped with devices to limit their speed to that of the road the car is traveling on and to allow the police to remotely turn off a car's engine when a traffic infraction or crime is suspected. Similarly, vehicle computers should require the input of valid license, registration and insurance info before starting the engine.


Though a couple of those have been discussed in other countries more than he in thre USA, the reasons are a mix of safety concerns and the infringement of civil liberties. It's the ability to exercise free will and how it correlates to the rights granted to us and if the justice system has to step in if we abuse those rights. In short, we have a responsibility to uphold with the privilege to drive as part of our rights. If I worded that oddly I apologize. Safety is a concern as far as other drivers and those who would be operating the vehicle. In high speeds, if your car were to shut off, so would things like your power steering. Being able to maneuver out of the way of another driver, a building or pedestrians would be severely compromised. That and the way a system like that could be abused is a concern. Think how many tech savvy we have out there who can hack various systems. Governing speed would also have safety issues as well if the need arose to get out of the way with any expediency.

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