No contest plea entered for robbery charge 


Sentencing is set for Aug. 14 for a Chanute man in the theft of an ambulance and the ensuing police chase.

Trevor Jones, 39, Chanute, faces a minimum of 31 months and up to 136 months in prison and $300,000 fine after he pleaded no contest to a robbery charge from the incident.

The charges stem from a July 28, 2018, incident when Jones stole an EMS ambulance from the parking lot at Walmart.

Officers were called to the scene after receiving a report of someone behaving erratically. 

The ambulance was left running while officers and EMS personnel assisted Jones, who jumped into the driver seat and locked the doors.

Officers fired shots and struck Jones as he drove off.

Chanute police, Neosho County Sheriff’s deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol were involved in the 15-minute chase, which stopped at 7th and Allen. Jones was transported to a Wichita hospital and no other people were injured.

Jones waived his preliminary hearing and accepted the plea agreement at a hearing July 3. 

The state dropped charges of attempting to elude a police officer and interference with an officer.


Possible charges listed

for driver who hit building

A Chanute woman may face charges including driving under the influence, felony theft, reckless driving and traffic charges after a wreck Tuesday demolished a building.

Ariel Ditterline, 24, Chanute, was transported to the Neosho County Jail after she was released from Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center following the accident on south Santa Fe at the 6th Street intersection. 

Ditterline was driving a 2009 Chevrolet northbound when it went off the west side of the street. The car went through a fence, in one side of a building at 601 S. Santa Fe and out the other, then collided with another car parked in a driveway.

Chanute police are investigating the accident and will forward reports to the Neosho County Attorney. Other possible charges include refusal to submit to drug or alcohol test, no driver’s license, no proof of insurance and speeding.

A medium-sized dog in the vehicle did not appear to be injured, and was taken to the Chanute Animal Shelter until someone was available to care for it.

The damaged building at 601 S. Santa Fe was torn down Tuesday afternoon.


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