AC cops: Vehicle had cash, gun, drugs inside

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By Shane Farley
February 13, 2014 - 3:04:29 pm

Two people were arrested on Wednesday after they fled from Ark City Police who were attempting to make a traffic stop.

Officers were said to have recognized the vehicle’s driver, 24-year-old Colton Schalk, as having a suspended license. Police checked Schalk’s driver’s license status and were waiting for traffic to clear, when Schalk accelerated rapidly and left the area.

A passenger, who appeared to be ducking down in the front seat, could also be seen.

With assistance from a local resident - who witnessed the vehicle pass at a high rate of speed - the abandoned vehicle was located in an alleyway between Third and Fourth street in the 200 block north.

Police used registration information for the vehicle to track Schalk to a nearby address. Contact was made with a resident at the home who acknowledged Schalk was inside and Schalk was taken into custody without incident.

A pistol-grip shotgun was found in the front seat of the suspect vehicle. Investigators also received consent to search the vehicle and located a black lock box.

The vehicle was impounded and authorities obtained a search warrant for the vehicle.

A short time later, 36-year-old Tyson Rakestraw, was found hiding a short distance away from the abandoned vehicle. He was determined to be the passenger of the vehicle and found to have warrants through the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Dept. of Corrections.

Police executed the search warrant and uncovered the loaded shotgun with a round in the chamber. The lock box, police said in a report, was found to contain a substantial amount of cash and was seized as proceeds of drug sales.

Police also said a “large amount” of meth was located, along with scales and paraphernalia commonly used for packaging and selling drugs. A large amount of pot, another scale and a prescription-only narcotic were also recovered.

The search of the vehicle led to authorities obtaining another search warrant for a residence. Drug paraphernalia and brass knuckles were recovered.

The brass knuckles constituted a booking charge for criminal use of a firearm, police said.

Rakestraw is facing numerous drug-related charges and is being held on $35,000 bond for these most recent charges. He also had a no-bond warrant for a parole violation through the dept. of corrections.

Schalk is facing multiple drug-related and traffic charges. His bond was set at $50,000, he posted it, and was released, according to jail records.

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