Botched theft just got worse

Staff writer

A Walton man ended up in jail when he discovered getting out of Peabody was not as easy as he might have thought.

According to police, Michael Aycock’s intention was to turn an allegedly stolen car he was driving from Vine St. onto 6th St.

Instead, he apparently drove over the curb to the lawn at 612 Vine St., prompting a call to 911 by someone who not only saw the accident but also reported that the driver appeared to be injured.

Florence ambulance, Peabody police, Peabody firefighters, sheriff’s officers, and an officer with Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism responded to the scene at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 10. But Aycock apparently had fled.

Wearing just one shoe —a red and black Nike was left at the scene — he made made his way to a residence at 107 W. 6th St., where he apparently crawled under the house to hide.

Police, who discovered the vehicle had been stolen from the 200 block of Sycamore St., eventually found Aycock in the crawl space, but he refused to come out.

A canine unit was dispatched, apparently to encourage Aycock to leave the crawl space.

It took officers and emergency personnel two hours to clear the scene, Peabody police chief Bruce Burke said.

Aycock was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, no proof of liability insurance, illegal tag, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, and felony interference with law enforcement.

He was booked into Marion County Jail, and later bonded out.

Last modified Aug. 18, 2016