A traffic stop Thursday evening led to a high speed chase through the southern part of Butler County.

A traffic stop Thursday evening led to a high speed chase through the southern part of Butler County.

The incident occurred when a Butler County Sheriff's deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle eastbound at a high rate of speed on Highway 54 west of Augusta about 10 minutes after 8 p.m., according to Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet.

The 1994 white Ford Thunderbird failed to stop and the pursuit was ignited.

"The vehicle went eastbound through Augusta and continued east on 400 to Haverhill Road," Herzet said.

The vehicle turned south on Haverhill Road.

Herzet said deputies pursued the vehicle with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour at times and the Thunderbird failing to maintain a single lane, as well as leaving the roadway several times.

The chase slowed near Haverhill and SW 210th when a deputy deployed his tire deflating strips, puncturing all four tires on the vehicle.

Herzet said after the tires deflated, the chase continued on Haverhill to SW 230th at speeds around 50 miles per hour. At SW 230th, near the Cowley County line, the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Three people were taken into custody without incident at 8:26 p.m. The car had caught on fire, but deputies were able to put the vehicle and grass fire out.

The driver of vehicle, Christopher Wayne Pool, 23, of Wichita, was arrested for felony flee and elude. He did not have a driver's license, only an ID card.

Also in the car was Jewel L. Sims, 29, who was five months pregnant and taken by EMS to Wichita with stomach pain, likely due to the stress and anxiety of the incident.

Terri A. Sims, 22, a passenger, was questioned and released.

"Deputies were able to take them into custody without anyone being hurt and without any property damage," Herzet said. "High speed chases are very dangerous and we monitor them very closely. At no time was any other motorist endangered."