Man goes for wild ride after thief steals his truck

Authorities arrested a man after he stole a truck carrying a skid loader Tuesday evening in south Wichita. (KSN Photo Dylan Dietz)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A man is now in custody after leading police on a two county chase. It all started Tuesday evening in the 400 block of South Andover Road when a man noticed someone was stealing his truck and trailer. The victim jumped into a skid loader that was on the trailer and truck and called police for what was about to be a wild chase through two different counties.

The bizarre chain on events started at Atwoods in Andover, where witnesses say he was just about to check out of the store.

“He was just looking outside the doors and then all of a sudden he just ran,” said witness Skylor Dockens.

Skylor said the man looked like a track star running through the parking lot after his truck, making it on the back of the trailer right before the truck pulled out of the parking lot. After he made contact with his trailer, he then climbed on top of the skid loader on top, buckling himself in for what ended up being a 20 minute chase through Andover clear into Wichita. Once he felt secure in the seat, he called 911.

“We got the call around 7:15 pm Tuesday night,” said Captain Justin Phillips on the Andover Police Department.”He seemed very calm and was able to give us their exact location.”

Both law enforcement from Andover, Sedgwick County, and Wichita were involved in the chase that ended at MacArthur and Oliver. In the pursuit, the officers laid out three separate spike strips. By the third strip, the suspect lost control of the vehicle. Law enforcement tells us the man did hop out of the driver seat and was immediately  met with a K-9. The suspect was apprehended by officers at the scene of the crash. He is facing charges in Butler and Sedgwick counties.

The owner of the truck was not injured in the incident but the witnesses back at the Atwoods in Andover say they’ve never seen anything like that before.

“I was shocked,” said Skylor. “I mean he literally just took off out of the door. It was scary to see him hop on the back of the trailer because no one wanted to see him hurt but it was also kind of cool, I won’t lie. ”

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