Kansas deputy critically hurt in crash during chase

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GREENSBURG, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities say a southwest Kansas sheriff's deputy suffered critical injuries in a crash while pursing a suspect on a motorcycle.

The high-speed pursuit began at around 6:30 p.m. Thursday on westbound U.S. 54 near Pratt. The Kansas Highway Patrol says troopers disregarded the chase at the Kiowa County line, and it was taken over by the Kiowa County Sheriff's Office.

As sheriff's officers caught up with the motorcycle near Greensburg, the lead patrol unit lost control left the roadway and crashed into a drainage ditch, the sheriff's office said.  

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Isaac Mason, of Wisconsin, was stopped and arrested near Mullinville, He was booked into the Pratt County Jail for flee and elude and multiple traffic violations.

The Kiowa County Sheriff's Office says the deputy was taken by ambulance to a Wichita hospital in critical but stable condition. The deputy's name was not released.

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