Sedgwick County Sheriff deputies on Saturday morning took into custody one man who was allegedly involved in a police chase that occurred about seven hours earlier and left two Wichita police officers injured and their vehicle in flames, a dispatcher supervisor said.
Deputies arrested a man in his 50s about 8:30 a.m. in the 100 block north of 215th Street West, just west of Goddard. A tip that was called in led to a man, who was on foot. Law enforcement officers are still looking for a second man who was in the pickup.
The chase began shortly before 1:30 a.m. at Dodge and Texas, just southwest of Seneca and Douglas. Two Wichita police officers in one vehicle were staking out a suspected drug house when a suspicious pickup took off, Wichita police Sgt. Bruce Watts said.
The officers pursued the truck and had it pulled over on McComas, just south of Maple and east of West Street. But the pickup backed up at an estimated 40 mph and rammed the front of their vehicle, setting it on fire, Watts and the dispatcher said.
The two officers sustained minor injuries. They were treated and released at a hospital.
The chase continued west on Maple with numerous law enforcement vehicles in pursuit until the pickup slammed into a tree at 183rd West and Second Streets about 1:40 a.m. Two men bailed from the car and fled on foot.