Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A Wichita police officer was injured after a scuffle with the driver of a stolen van Tuesday morning.
It happened at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday when GPS was used to track a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Officers found the van at the intersection of 63rd St. S. and Broadway.
One of the officers stopped the van and had a brief discussion with the driver. The suspect then decided to speed away, while the officer's arm was inside the driver's side window. The officer was able to free his arm, but is believed to have at least one broken bone.
Other officers in the area began chasing the suspect, who soon after rammed a compact car, lost control and crashed.
The 47-year-old suspect was arrested and booked on several charges, including auto theft, aggravated assault and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, DUI and an unrelated state warrant.
Police say he had recently been paroled in Butler County for another case of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.
The police officer's injuries are not considered severe, and no one else was injured.