Police: Suspect tries to hit Wichita officer with car during chase

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police have arrested a driver who they say tried to strike an officer with his vehicle on the city's east side.   

Jail records show 33-year-old Brandon Hanafin was booked Tuesday night for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, failure to comply, failure to appear and traffic charges. 

The incident happened at around 3:15 p.m. near Kellogg and Webb. Capt. Brent Allred said a motorcycle officer attempted to stop a car that was going 16 mph over the speed limit on Kellogg. The driver then turned and drove the wrong way on Kellogg and eventually drove around the back of Club Rodeo.

Allred said while the officer tried to stop the car on Orme Street, the driver turned into the direction of the officer. The officer then shot twice at the driver and hit his car. 

The suspect ditched the vehicle behind the buildings near Club Rodeo. Police captured the man, identified as Hanafin, in a field south of the scene at around 6 p.m.   

The officer was placed on administrative leave as part of the protocol. Police are still reviewing video from the incident and say four witnesses have been helpful in the investigation.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Hanafin was sentenced to Community Corrections in 2005 for aggravated assault. He was discharged in October 2007.

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