A would-be thief and fleeing truck driver could not outrun today’s technology.
A 54-year-old man from Kansas City, Missouri, found that out the hard way. Robert Jamison was arrested late Monday afternoon after taking law enforcement officers on a chase through southwest Franklin County, according to a police report.
He was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property, felony flee and attempt to elude, felony interference with law enforcement, driving on a suspended license had an active warrant from Clay County, Missouri, according to the police department.
As of Wednesday, Jamison was still in custody, but had not been formally charged, according to law enforcement officials.
The incident in Franklin County began when Jamison, who was reportedly driving a stolen commercial business truck Monday, was spotted by an Ottawa police officer on I-35 at milepost 182.
The Franklin County Communications Center received a call and information from the Kansas Highway Patrol shortly before 3:30 p.m. that a private company’s commercial vehicle was stolen out of Kansas City, Missouri, Adam Weingartner, Ottawa assistant police chief, said.
“The company was GPS tracking the vehicle through a system installed on the truck,” Weingartner said. “It was located traveling southbound on I-35 from milepost 193. They put out that information to area officers.”
Weingartner said the Ottawa officer confirmed it was the vehicle matching the description broadcast from the communications center.
“Officers attempted to stop the vehicle at that time,” Weingartner said. “The vehicle initially started to slow then fled southbound on I-35. It exited at the Homewood exit of I-35 then turned north on Idaho Road.”
Officers lost sight of the truck because of the dust on Idaho Road, but continued the chase, Weingartner said.
“While they were checking the area, a resident in the 2300 block of Idaho Road flagged down an Ottawa police officer and a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy,” Weingartner said. “[They] said a vehicle just drove back in the field behind his house. The officers drove back about a quarter-of-a-mile off the roadway and located the truck abandoned, no driver.”
Sheriff and police officers set up a perimeter and a sheriff office’s K-9 attempted to locate the fleeing driver, Weingartner said.
“He was not initially located,” Weingartner said. “About two hours after the initial incident occurred, we received information that a resident in the area of 2300-2400 block of Idaho Road had given a person a ride. It most likely occurred shortly before we got our perimeter established. They dropped the person off at Love’s Truck Stop in Ottawa. Officers went to Love’s Truck Stop and were able to locate a person that they suspected was the driver and placed him under arrest.”
Weingartner said KHP troopers assisted with the case. The assistant police chief said the teamwork of all involved helped track down Jamison.
“It was several hours [before] we found out that a resident had dropped somebody off,” Weingartner said. “If people see suspicious or unusual behavior please immediately report it to law enforcement. In this case, it worked out in the end because we were still able to find him. If we had known about it sooner, we may have been able to move our efforts from out in the county directly to Love’s.”