One of Salina’s Most Wanted is now in custody following a high speed pursuit in McPherson.
According to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Ira Dexter Autrey, Jr., who was featured on both the June and July Most Wanted lists, was taken into custody Thursday evening by McPherson Police.
Autrey, 29, was wanted for felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, criminal possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana and one for failure to appear.
According to a media release, McPherson Police officers attempted to stop a silver Chevrolet Impala driven by Autrey at about 8:22 p.m. on West First Street near Hickory Street in McPherson. Autrey refused to stop and drove east on First Street at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic and narrowly avoiding collisions with other motorists. He then struck a light pole and sign at the intersection of First and Eby Streets.
Autrey then exited the car and ran from officers. He jumped several fences and ran through several residential properties before being caught and arrested by officers. He was then taken to McPherson Hospital for treatment of possible injuries and later transported to the McPherson County Jail.
Police searched the vehicle Autrey was driving and discovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun, loaded handgun magazines and several containers and packages of marijuana.
In addition to the warrants out of Saline County, Autrey also had two failure to appear warrants out of McPherson County. In addition to those warrants, Autrey now also faces numerous requested charges in association with Thursday’s pursuit. Those charges include attempt to flee or elude a law enforcement officer by engaging in reckless driving, driving while suspended, reckless driving, criminal possession of a weapon (firearm) by a felon, possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute, according to the media release.
Autrey’s arrest brings the total number of arrests from the July Most Wanted List, which was released this past Saturday, to nine.
Since the inception of the Salina’s Most Wanted program in 2000, a total of 2,771 arrests have been made as a direct result of tips generated by the list. As a result of those tips, 392 rewards have been paid out.
To view the entire Most Wanted List for the month of July, click here.