Auto theft suspect crashes stolen motorcycle in Chautauqua County

Kansas agencies spent Thursday, June 30, 2022, searching for a J.D. Comstock, wanted for...
Kansas agencies spent Thursday, June 30, 2022, searching for a J.D. Comstock, wanted for multiple burglaries.(KWCH)
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 5:49 PM CDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a multi-county chase ended with a suspect crashing a stolen motorcycle Thursday afternoon in the county. Eyewitness News earlier confirmed that suspect’s identity as J.D. Comstock, a man wanted by several agencies for crimes including auto theft.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office didn’t name Comstock, but said “the suspect” was broadcast as possibly armed and dangerous in a pursuit that included Butler, Greenwood and Elk counties before it ended in Chautauqua County. The sheriff’s office said he stole multiple vehicles before pursing officers lost sight of him near the Elk/Chautauqua County line.

“A short time later Chautauqua County officers located the suspect heading southbound on Road 14 and another pursuit was initiated. The suspect fled south to US166 Hwy, at times going off the roadway. The suspect fled westbound for a short distance before striking another vehicle,” the sheriff’s office said. “The suspect sustained several serious injuries and pursuing officers rendered aid until Sedan EMS arrived. Kansas Highway Patrol is conducting the accident investigation. At this time the suspect is not a threat to public safety.”

Update: The Butler County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a motorcycle reported stolen by a man wanted by multiple agencies was recovered in Chautauqua County. The sheriff’s office said the Kansas Highway Patrol was also involved and would have further information regarding whether a search for J.D. Comstock continues or whether he’s injured or in custody.

There are indications that deputies recovered the stolen motorcycle after Comstock crashed in Chautauqua County. Eyewitness News has a call in to the KHP troop in Chanute to confirm whether agencies are still looking for Comstock.

Butler County deputies spent the day chasing a man wanted for auto theft. J.D. Comstock is wanted by other agencies too.

He was spotted in Greenwood County Wednesday night in a stolen car but got away. The sheriff’s office said he then stole a vehicle in Butler County.

That vehicle was located Thursday morning in Leon. Officers tried to stop him, but he got into a cemetery where he bailed. Then, they received a report of a stolen motorcycle.

Multiple agencies are assisting with the search for Comstock, including U.S. Marshals. If you see him, treat him as if he’s armed and dangerous and call 911.

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