Teens arrested in police chase

Vincent Marshall
vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com

Two teenagers were arrested Sept. 11 in Dodge City after one drove into a Ford County Sheriff's Office vehicle, as well as other property on Spruce Street.

According to the Ford County Attorney's Office, Mark Farmer Jr., 18, and Alexander Bardwell, 19, were arrested as Farmer was the driver of the vehicle and Bardwell the passenger.

Because a sheriff's deputy’s vehicle was involved in the crash, the Kansas Highway Patrol was called in to conduct the crash report, according to Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr.

"The deputy's vehicle and fences struck at residences houses and yards were also damaged," KHP Trooper Michael Racy said.

Racy said no injuries occurred.

The Ford County Attorney's Office has charged Farmer with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, interference with law enforcement, driving under the influence of drugs, driving while suspended, canceled, or revoked and reckless driving.

Bardwell was charged with interference with law enforcement.

According to Ford County Attorney Kevin Salzman, the charge of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer is a Severity Level 4 Person Felony, with a maximum penalty of 172 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer is a Severity Level 9 Person Felony, with a possible penalty of between five and 17 months in KDOC and up to $100,000 in fines.

Interference with law enforcement is a Severity Level 9 Nonperson Felony with a possible penalty of between five and 17 months in KDOC and up to $100,000 in fines.

Driving under the influence of drugs is a Class B nonperson misdemeanor with a possible penalty between 48 hours and six months in jail and between $750 and $1,250 in fines

Driving while suspended, canceled or revoked is a Class B nonperson misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

Reckless driving, unclassified is a misdemeanor with a possible penalty between five and 90 days in jail and between $25 and $500 in fines.

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