For Immediate Release
Driver Who Fled Topeka Police Sentenced on Federal Gun Charge
TOPEKA, KAN. – A driver who led Topeka police on a chase at more than 70 mph was sentenced today to 42 months in federal prison on a firearm charge, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Darryl Kevin Norwood, 30, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. In his plea, Norwood admitted that instead of stopping at a DUI check lane he fled from police at speeds exceeding 70 mph. He hit another car and continued to flee on foot before being arrested. Police found a .380 caliber pistol on the floorboard of his car.
Norwood was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of prior felony convictions.
McAllister commended the Topeka Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Hough for their work on the case.
The case was prosecuted under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.