Jan 20, 2020 5:55 PM

Kansas felon leads deputies on 3-county high-speed chase

Posted Jan 20, 2020 5:55 PM
Shaina Kuester photo Barton Co.
Shaina Kuester photo Barton Co.

BARTON COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Kansas felon on  new charges after three county high-speed chase.

Just before 4a.m. Monday, a sheriff's deputy on patrol in the 400 block of NW 10th Avenue in rural Barton County attempted to stop a 2010 Ford Fusion for a traffic infraction, according to Sheriff Brian Bellendir.

Sheriff's deputies ultimately were able to box in the suspect's vehicle just west of Albert, approximately one half mile west of the Barton/Rush County line.

Deputies arrested the driver Shaina Kuester, 23,  of rural Barton County. She is being held on a bond of $10,000 on requested charges that include possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony flee and elude and a number of other traffic violations, according to Bellendir.  She has two previous convictions for drug possession in Barton County, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

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Kansas woman due in court for alleged counterfeiting
Watterson photo KDOC

COWLEY COUNTY— A Kansas felon with previous convictions that include identity theft and forgery is now in jail for alleged counterfeiting.

Just after 3 p.m. January 14, police responded to a restaurant in Arkansas City for a report of a person later identified as 43-year-old Amy Watterson, who had attempted to pass fake money, according to a media release from police.

Although she left before police arrived, officers quickly located and arrested her. Officers found she was in possession of several bills of fake currency.

Further investigation determined she had attempted to pass the fake cash at multiple locations in the Arkansas City area, as well as in other jurisdictions.

“We are asking local businesses to be extra vigilant when accepting larger-denomination bills that potentially could be fake or counterfeit,” warned Police Chief Dan Ward.

 Watterson remains jailed on requested charges that include counterfeiting as well as one misdemeanor count each of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and theft.

Over the past ten years, Watterson has served prison time for arson, theft, burglary and for making false writing, ID theft and and forgery, according the Kansas Department of Corrections.

She is expected in court later this week on the new charges, according to district court officials.