Greenwood County chase leads to crash, injuries, arrest

An investigation continues after two people were hurt following a chase near Eureka on Monday night.


The Kansas Highway Patrol says 46-year-old Matthew Clemons, a Greenwood County deputy, was "actively pursuing" a car driven by 23-year-old Jimmy Beeman of LeRoy with 30-year-old Kristin Barclay of Pittsburg as a passenger after Beeman was allegedly speeding. Greenwood County Sheriff Rusty Bitler says Beeman made a U-turn at the end of "Y" Road, which is a gravel one-way road, near U.S. Highway 54 and hit the Greenwood County law enforcement pickup Clemons was driving shortly after 10 pm.

Clemons had nearly come to a stop and blocked the road with the truck. Beeman went into a ditch, trying to avoid Clemons, but still clipped the truck.

Clemons was not hurt. Beeman first taken to Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka with possible injuries before he was jailed afterward on suspicion of aggravated battery, possession of methamphetamine and flee and elude. Formal charges against Beeman are pending. Barclay was treated at Greenwood County Hospital and released.

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