Police involved in 3 separate chases Tuesday

Numerous suspects are in custody

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita Police were involved in three separate chases Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The first began around 12:40 p.m. when police were called to the 1200 block of East Munger, on the report of a suspicious Dodge Durango in the area.  Police spokesman Officer Charley Davidson says police tried to stop the vehicle in the area of Cessna and Roosevelt, but the driver took off.

A short time later, the pickup truck crashed into the back of a black Toyota at Alpine and El Rancho, causing the car to flip over.  A 63-year-old man was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The 17-year-old driver was arrested for two counts of aggravated battery, evade and elude, felony theft, as was a reported runaway.  The truck turned out to be stolen.

A 21-year-old passenger in the Durango was not hurt.

The second chase happened around 2 p.m. at 21st and North Arkansas.  Wichita Police spotted suspicious activity outside of a QuikTrip, involving two people in a maroon Ford Expedition, and a third person in a White Dodge Avenger.

The officers tried to stop the Ford as it left, but the driver took off.  The chase ended a short distance away in the 2400 block of North Rosenthal, where the driver struck a fence behind a home.

An 18-year-old passenger ran from the SUV, tossing a gun over a fence as he fled.  He was arrested and issued a court date for drug possession.

Police found a gun in the SUV next to the 16-year-old driver, who was arrested possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm by a juvenile, flee and allude, reckless driving, and other traffic charges.  He was taken to the juvenile detention facility.

Police also located the Dodge Avenger at a home in the 2300 block of North Jackson.  An 18-year-old man at that location was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon.

The third chase began around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.  A Wichita Police Officer stopped a red Ford F-250 pickup in the area of Kellogg and Grove for not having a license plate.

As the officer approached, the driver sped off.  The chase entered west Wichita, where police deployed stop sticks near Meridian and Irving.

The driver of the pickup swerved to avoid the sticks and rolled the pickup truck.  He was able to get away.

A 24-year-old woman was taken into custody nearby.  A 22-year-old man was caught about two blocks away after a short foot pursuit.

He was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.  The truck had been reported stolen in Andover.

The missing driver is described as an unknown white male, around 5'6", weighing 145 pounds, with black hair.  Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, is asked to contact detectives at 268-4407 or Crime Stoppers, at 267-2111.


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