EMPORIA, Kan. (KAKE) - Emporia Police say the driver who crashed into a building on the Emporia State University campus over the weekend was fleeing from law enforcement over a welfare check.

Around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, police attempted to stop a gray 2012 Acura to conduct a welfare check near 18th and Rural. The driver of the Acura would flee from the officer, but was not pursued. The car continued at a high rate of speed onto Emporia State University campus, when the car left the road, went airborne, and crashed into the weight room of the Emporia State University recreation building.

The building was closed at the time, and no one was in that area of the building when the car crashed into it. The driver of the car was initially trapped inside the vehicle, and was extricated by the Emporia Fire Department. The driver was taken to the hospital, though their condition is unknown.

Emporia State University facilities director Bill McKernan told KVOE radio on Monday that the crash damaged a load-bearing wall and some equipment, though the overall structure is sound. The center will remain closed for an undetermined time as crews work to assess the damage, cleanup and repair work. In addition, staff is in the process of ordering new equipment.