Wichita streets become the scene of a police chase, a crash and an arrest. Police are saying little about the man arrested.">
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005
A man spends hours with Wichita homicide detectives after leading police on a wild chase.
It started at Central and Grove and ended near 21st and I-135, when the man crashed into a van.
The reason homicide detectives spent so much time talking to him is a mystery.
The suspect was booked at the Sedgwick County jail.
Police are saying plenty about the chase, but refuse to release anything else.
“One of our officers on routine patrol observed a subject who was wanted on outstanding felony warrants and questioning in regards to another investigation,” says Sgt. Joe Schroader with the Wichita Police Department.
It was just before 2 p.m. Thursday when Wichita police officers spotted a wanted man in an alley. When they approached the 21-year-old suspect’s vehicle, the man fled. It was a chase that took both police and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers from Central and Grove to 21st and I-135.
The pursuit reached speeds around 65-miles-per-hour. Authorities tried to stop the man, but their efforts didn’t initially work.
“The suspect saw the spike strips, went around the spike strips and struck a citizen stopped waiting on traffic,” says Schroader.
Luckily, no one was injured. The chase ended within just a few minutes. The man was taken into custody and booked on outstanding warrants for drug offenses. Police say they found more drugs on the suspect and believe he intended to sell them.
“He was transported to the investigation division where he’s being questioned in reference to the case he was being sought for,” Schroader says.
Police refuse to say anything about that investigation. Sources tell us homicide detectives questioned the suspect. In fact, Schroader says the seriousness of the case for which the suspect was wanted for questioning is the reason the pursuit continued.
The name of the suspect will be released Friday.