PHOTO GALLERY: Chase Ends in Injury Accident
Hannah Holt - April 19, 2016 11:25 am
This weekend troopers across the state of Kansas will be mobilizing for a RAVE to address the increase in fatal crashes.
A high speed chase late Tuesday morning ended in an injury accident in rural Dickinson County. The chase, involving a stolen white Toyota passenger car, started just east of Abilene on Interstate 70. It ended with a single-vehicle crash 4 miles east of Solomon.
Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Bruce Hyman told KSAL News at the scene that the chase started when a trooper tried to perform a routine traffic stop. Instead of stopping, the car fled, headed west at a high rate of speed. As the chase entered a construction zone, the car forced another vehicle off the road.
The chaser briefly entered the town of Abilene, and headed south on Buckeye. The car quickly turned around, and headed west again on the interstate..
Troopers deployed spike strips just west of Abilene. The car was able to drive around the spikes and the chase continued.
Fearing for other drivers’ safety, the KHP then used a tactical vehicle intervention. A chase vehicle tapped the rear driver’s side of the Toyota, causing the vehicle to spin out. It rolled at least once on the soft shoulder on the north side of the interstate and came to rest on its wheels.
There were two people in the car, one man, one woman. Both were injured. One was transported to the hospital via helicopter, the other by ground. Both westbound lanes of I-70, between Solomon and Abilene, were closed to allow the helicopter to land.
Throughout the chase, the two were throwing items thought to be narcotics out the window.
Hyman says that the the car was stolen in Florida.
No law enforcement, or citizens, were injured during the chase.