3 arrested after wrong-way chase on I-135

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The morning rush hour in Harvey and northern Sedgwick Counties became more stressful than usual Tuesday, when a high-speed chase went the wrong direction on Interstate 135.

It began at around 7:30 a.m. with the report of a burglary near Broadway and Columbus in Newton. When officers showed up, the suspects had already left, said Erin McDaniel with the Newton Police Department. 

Based on the vehicle description given, officers quickly located the red pickup and a chase ensued. The suspects led authorities through Newton and onto southbound I-135. 

McDaniel said the pickup crossed into oncoming traffic, running some other drivers off the roadway. The vehicle then exited at 125th Street and headed toward Kechi. 

Officers deployed stop sticks, which flatted the pickup's tires, but it kept going. 

The pickup eventually stopped after driving into a ditch near K-254 and Oliver. McDaniel said all three suspects ran from the vehicle, but were apprehended within 20 minutes. She said officers believe one suspect may have thrown a firearm from the pickup during the chase. A police K-9 was searching the area where the chase ended.  

The three suspects were booked into the Harvey County Jail. Their names were not released. 

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