By John Boyd
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
2:56 PM CST, December 6, 2012
(SUMNER COUNTY, Kan.)
A suspected burglar attacked a Sheriff's deputy inside her car then took off. But the deputy wasn't going to let him get away.
The sheriff's department tells us deputies responded to an alarm east of Wellington at around 10:20 Monday morning. When they got to the home, they found someone had broken into it and stolen items from inside.
At around noon that same day, a deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle and started following it. The deputy lost track of the car briefly, but found it in the 1400 block of N. Hydraulic and saw someone walk out of the front door of the home and put something in the trunk.
The deputy radioed to dispatch for back-up, pulled her car into the driveway to block that vehicle in and showed her badge.
"They were nose to nose and, you know, by the time that guy jumped out of the car and she tried to react to it he was already on her," said Captain Mike Yoder, Sumner County Sheriff's Department.
Before she could react, he pulled open the door of the unmarked vehicle and attacked Deputy Risa Stegman.
"I mean started hitting and scratching and so she in turn did the same to defend herself," said Yoder.
That's when the driver in the other car used his car to push the deputy's out of the way. The other suspect jumped into the car and the two took off.
The deputy followed them north on Highway 81 and relayed information to Sedgwick County Deputies and Wichita Police. Sedgwick County Deputies found the car and the suspects tried to get away on foot, but didn't get very far.
The suspects, 34-year-old Kevin Parker and 28-year-old Christopher McDaniel, both from Wichita, were arrested and taken back to Sumner County. They face charges of burglary, theft, battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery, attempted robbery, obstruction and criminal damage.
A search of the vehicle turned up property that connected the suspects to three separate burglaries that day.
No one was seriously hurt.
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