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Olathe man arrested after 20-mile police pursuit

Posted at 6:22 PM, Nov 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-11 19:22:11-05

JACKSON COUNTY, Kan. -- An Olathe man is in jail after leading deputies on a pursuit lasting nearly 20 miles Saturday morning. 

Around 9:30 a.m., deputies tried to stop a gray 2002 Honda Civic near 150th and Q Rd.  

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the vehicle's license plates were reported stolen out of Blue Springs and the vehicle was reported stolen out of Lee's Summit. 

When deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle sped off. Other local agencies were called in to assist. 

The sheriff's office says at one point, the suspect vehicle entered the parking lot of the Banner Creek Animal Clinic and drove through the yard of a residence. 

The vehicle continued to elude law enforcement by driving through a KDOT fence to get access to the highway. 

The vehicle sped through Holton and ended up north of the city in Prairie Lake Park. 

 There, the vehicle went to the southeast side of the dam, left the roadway and crashed into a small creek.

Law enforcement took the driver into custody around 10:13 a.m. 

The driver was identified as Robert J. Calisti, 28, of Olathe. 

He's being held in the Jackson County Jail on felony possession of stolen property, felony fleeing and eluding and numerous traffic and drug charges. 

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says further charges may be filed. 

Two other passengers in the vehicle have not been charged at this time.