At approximately 1 p.m. Jan. 26, Newton police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a suspect who had allegedly stolen fuel from a gas station.

At approximately 1 p.m. Jan. 26, Newton police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a suspect who had allegedly stolen fuel from a gas station.

The vehicle fled at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Officers reported the driver swerved at police vehicles and intentionally ran officers off the roadway.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Gary Beall, 47, of Sterling, Colorado, was driving a 2009 Lexus while being chased by police. The vehicle crashed on I-135 at mile marker 45, striking a 2013 Town and Country driven by James Baker, 71, Hillsboro, that was sitting on the right shoulder and yielding to police. The Lexus then left road to the left, across the median and crossed southbound lanes of traffic before entering the left ditch where it struck a fence and came to rest. After being struck, the Town and Country crossed the roadway to the left and entered the median before coming to rest facing north.

Beall fled on foot. Officers captured him a short time later. According to Newton Police, Beall claimed he is a parole absconder from another state and had stolen the Lexus he was driving.

According to the Highway Patrol, Beall and Baker were transported to Newton Medical Center for medical evaluation. According to the police department, both are in stable condition. According to the Newton Police Department, Beall will be booked for three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, pending review of potential attempted murder of a law enforcement officer charges by the County Attorney's Office.

As a result of the chase, a Hesston patrol car was lost due to a vehicle fire. Officers parked the vehicle in tall grass, jumped out of the vehicle and gave chase to the suspect on foot. During the chase, the grass under the police cruiser ignited.

"Probably a hot exhaust, hot brakes or hot exhaust system caught the tall grass on fire," said Doug Schroeder, chief of police in Hesston. "A grass fire started underneath it. They tried to use a fire extinguisher, but it was more than than could be fought with a fire extinguisher."

Schroeder told the Kansan replacement of the vehicle will likely be more than $50,000 when factoring in all components and contents lost due to the fire. The department carries full insurance on all vehicles and will assist in replacement of the vehicle.

"(Officers) were pretty shocked, as you can imagine," Schroeder said.