NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Police attempted to stop a car that was reportedly stolen from a gas station. It happened around 1 p.m. on I-135.
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers say a 2009 Lexus driven by a 47-year-old man from Sterling, Colorado was being pursued by law enforcement officers on I-135 northbound when it left the road at about mile marker 44 and struck a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van driven by a 71-year-old man from Hillsboro, Kan. who had pulled over onto the northbound shoulder to accommodate the vehicle pursuit.
Troopers say the Lexus struck the Chrysler, left the roadway, crossed over the median, past the I-135 southbound traffic lanes and struck a KDOT fence where it came to rest. Both drivers were injured and taken to the Newton Medical Center.
KHP said the fleeing vehicle fled hit speeds exceeding 100 mph. During the chase, Newton officers reported the driver swerved at and intentionally ran officers off the roadway.
After the crash, troopers said the driver being pursued fled on foot. Officers captured him a short time later.
During the pursuit, a Hesston police car was lost due to a fire.
This driver will be booked for three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, pending review of potential attempted murder of a law enforcement officer charges by the Harvey County Attorney’s Office.
Video courtesy Newton Police Dept.
The driver told officers he was a parole absconder from another state and had stolen the car.