A state Senator from Wichita has been arrested for DUI and other charges. 

Shawnee County jail records show Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was booked into jail at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday. The booking charges include DUI, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, speeding and improper crossover on a divided highway.

Suellentrop, 69,  was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2017. He previously served in the Kansas House. 

A judge has ordered the release of a Kansas Senate leader from jail in Topeka after finding that there was not enough evidence to support his arrest hours earlier on suspicion of driving under the influence and attempting to flee from a law enforcement officer.


Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was booked into the Shawnee County jail just before 4 a.m. Tuesday following his arrest on Interstate 70 by the Capitol Police.

 But Shawnee County District Judge Penny Moylan ruled only hours later that a Capitol Police officer’s report did not include “pertinent information” about the arrest and ordered Suellentrop’s release.

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