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Salinan arrested after short chase

A man Salina police attempted to arrest Thursday in a traffic stop hit the gas, speeding north on North Santa Fe Avenue before fleeing on foot through a house and ultimately being arrested.
Frederick J. Lemons, 34, 109 E. Grand, was wanted for allegedly selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant on Monday and Wednesday, said Lt. Jim Norton, commander of the I-135/I-70 Drug Task Force.
Task force officers tried to stop Lemons’ 1993 BMW about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Ninth and Bishop streets, but Lemons drove off, Norton said.
After Lemons drove north on Santa Fe Avenue at a high rate of speed, a police department supervisor called off the chase to avoid contributing to a traffic hazard, said Salina Deputy Police Chief Carson Mansfield. Mansfield said he did not know how fast Lemons was driving.
However, by then officers had already pursued Lemons to a house at 703 N. Fourth, where he left his car and was taken into custody, Mansfield said.
Norton said that at the time of his arrest, Lemons was found to be in possession of a small rock of suspected crack cocaine and suspected drug proceeds of just less than $200.
In addition to his drug charges, Lemons was arrested on charges of fleeing and attempting to elude and reckless driving.

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