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May 23

2017-15: KHP Participates In Annual Memorial Day Step Campaign

Posted to Statewide Releases by Mary Jane King

The Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours from now, through June 4. This additional coverage comes thanks to funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation through the STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign, to help motorists reach their destinations safely.

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Mar 01

#2017-D-01 KHP Troopers Apprehend Murder Suspect

Posted to Troop D Media Releases by Mary Jane King

NEWS  RELEASE  –  March 1, 2017 #2017-D-01


CONTACT:  Technical Trooper Tod Hileman, 785-625-3518 or

KHP Troopers Apprehend Murder Suspect

Today, March 1, 2017, at approximately 7:50 a.m., Kansas Highway Patrol troopers attempted to stop an eastbound black Cadillac on I-70, around milepost 191, by Dorrance. This vehicle matched the description of an Attempt to Locate broadcast, following a shooting at a Pratt convenience store, earlier in the morning. 

The vehicle and driver, Alex Deaton, were wanted out of Pratt County.  Deaton did not stop, and fled eastbound at a high rate of speed. Spike sticks were successfully deployed at 7:57 a.m. The driver took the Wilson exit, milepost 205, and drove approximately one mile south, towards the town of Wilson.  KHP troopers, not wanting Deaton to enter Wilson, utilized tactical vehicle intervention to successfully end the pursuit at 8:00 a.m. After the vehicle crashed and caught on fire, Deaton was immediately placed under arrest with no further incident. There were no injuries to KHP personnel or to Deaton.  

Charges are pending through multiple county courts. Deaton is a suspect wanted for a double homicide in the state of Mississippi, as well as other crimes in multiple states.
May 26

#2017-H-01: Sobriety Checkpoint Announced

Posted to Troop H Media Releases by Mary Jane King

NEWS  RELEASE  –  #2017-H-01


CONTACT: O.P. Dougherty, Master Trooper (620) 431-2100

Sobriety Checkpoint Announced

The Kansas Highway Patrol and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department are planning to conduct a Sobriety checkpoint the weekend of May 26th, 2017 in the southeast part of Cherokee County.
A sobriety checkpoint intended to remove impaired drivers will be set up in Cherokee County. “The purpose of these checkpoints,” according to the Highway Patrol spokesperson, “is not to harass motorists, but to decrease accidents through awareness and enforcement.”

These checkpoints are aimed at reducing the high accident rates by identifying impaired drivers.  The goal of the checkpoint is to encourage compliance with the alcohol related statutes of this state, by removing the drivers that are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
 Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for every age from 6 to 28.  Almost half of these are alcohol related.

The proportion of fatal crashes that are alcohol related is about three times greater at night than during the day.

We appreciate the patience and cooperation from all citizens involved with the checkpoint.  For more information contact Master Trooper O.P. Dougherty or Technical Trooper Rick Wingate at 620-431-2100.