For Immediate Release
Topeka Man Arrested After Car Chase
TOPEKA, KAN. - A man who was arrested after wrecking a car while fleeing from police was indicted today on a federal firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Justin R. Shumway, 31, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The indictment alleges Shumway possessed a 9 mm pistol on Dec. 16, 2013, in Topeka. He was prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm because of prior felony convictions for aggravated battery, attempted battery against a correctional officer, forgery and burglary.
The Topeka Police Department reported arresting Shumway after he fled from officers and wrecked a car near Willow and Broadmoor.
If convicted, Shumway faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Topeka Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Warner is prosecuting.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.