Two Salina women are in custody following a high speed pursuit Tuesday afternoon.
Police say a tip led them to a stolen vehicle in the 600 block of Montrose just after 12 p.m. Upon arrival in the area, officers identified a 2003 Buick LeSabre that had allegedly been stolen from a driveway in the 100 block of S. 3rd sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 p.m. Monday.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle near the intersection of Montrose and South, but the suspects fled and led officers on a pursuit in which speeds reached as high as 50 miles-per-hour. The vehicle turned east on South Street, south on 10th Street, west on Prescott and then into an alley between 10th and 11th Streets.
The vehicle turned onto Crawford and was able to elude officers, who lost sight of the vehicle through dust and debris being kicked up in the alley. The vehicle was later located abandoned in the 300 block of W. Republic. Eyewitnesses in the area reported seeing two females exit the vehicle and flee on foot.
Police say the two women, Peyton Nieman, 24, and Misty Cunningham, 33, were later arrested in the 900 block of S. 11th.
Nieman, who was identified as the driver of the vehicle during the pursuit, was booked into the Saline County Jail on numerous requested charges including criminal deprivation of property, felony flee and elude, reckless driving, felony interference with law enforcement, stopping in a prohibited area, three counts of failure to yield and three counts of failure to signal.
Cunningham, the passenger, was booked on a requested charge of misdemeanor obstruction, according to police.