Wichita police arrest woman for DUI, assaulting officers after chase

Posted: Updated:

Wichita police say they have arrested a 36-year-old woman who led officers on a chase and rammed a patrol car over the weekend. 

Veronica Matias was booked Saturday morning for two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, flee and elude, her second DUI, possession of marijuana, driving while suspended and criminal damage to property. 

Officers who were in the 2200 block of North Hydraulic at around 2:30 a.m. noticed a black Nissan Versa heading northbound. One of its tires was flat and the rim was shooting sparks, Officer Paul Cruz said. 

An officer initiated a traffic stop and Matias stopped briefly, but then she fled. 

While in the 2200 block of South Kansas, Officer Cruz said she went over a curb and through a fence before putting the car in reverse and slamming into the front of a patrol car.

Matias drove through a backyard, got out of the vehicle and ran but was taken into custody. No one was injured and the cruiser suffered only minor damage. 

Matias remains jailed on $50,000 bond. Kansas Department of Corrections records show she has prior convictions of drug possession and DUI. 

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.