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Topeka police patrol vehicle collides with minivan, hurts 3

Associated Press - April 10, 2016 4:09 pm

A Topeka police detective and a suspect were wounded as officers tried to take the suspect into custody.

A 10-year-old girl is one of three people who sustained nonlife-threatening injuries in a crash involving a Topeka Police Department patrol vehicle.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, which was reported to the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center at 6:32 p.m. Saturday.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1SqINrc) reports the highway patrol’s crash log says 23-year-old Gary Atchison III of Burlingame was driving the police department SUV south with its emergency lights and sirens activated.

The vehicle and a 2004 Dodge Caravan collided in an intersection. The Dodge driver, 40-year-old Jesus Meza of Topeka, and a 10-year-old in the vehicle were taken to a local hospital.

Atchison and a passenger in the SUV, 22-year-old Caitlan Hornung, also were transported to the hospital.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com.