Police vehicle disabled, officers receive minor injuries chasing stolen vehicle

Newton Police Officers were treated for minor injuries after a police vehicle was hit twice and disabled during a chase Thursday.

According to a release from the City of Newton, at 10:19 a.m. Thursday morning, police responded to a call of a person in a car “acting suspicious around the businesses.”

Upon arrival the release stated the driver of the car fled, striking the officer’s car while leaving the parking lot.

A police chase ensued north onto Kansas Avenue. The suspect drove onto U.S. Highway 50 before heading back south on Kansas Avenue.

The chase continued into Sedgwick County.

At 85th St North the release states the suspect swerved at a Valley Center Police vehicle. For a short time, the chase entered the residential streets of Valley Center.

There the suspect struck the same Newton Police Vehicle he hit earlier, this time disabling it. According to the City it sustained an estimated $7,500 worth of damage.

The suspect then entered onto southbound I-135 with a flat tire.

A Kansas Highway Patrol officer used their patrol vehicle to force the suspect’s vehicle sideways forcing it to a stop. The driver, a 17-year-old man wanted on warrants in Minnesota, was arrested without further incident the release stated. The suspect was uninjured. The vehicle he drove was found to be stolen from South Dakota.

Two Newton officers were evaluated by EMS and treated following the chase. One for being shaken up after the crash into the vehicle they occupied and another for rolling their ankle putting down a spike strip and having to jump out of the way of the vehicle being chased.

According to the release, the driver now faces a wide bevy of charges due to the chase, what was found in the vehicle.

Charges include two counts of aggravated battery on law enforcement, four counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement, felony flee and elude while engaging in reckless driving, felony flee and elude in a stolen vehicle, felony flee and elude by avoiding tire deflation device, felony flee and elude while committing five or more moving violations, felony possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, minor in possession of alcohol, and numerous traffic violations. 

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