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After chase, Wichita police arrest father with 5 children in SUV

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at 12:03 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at 3:16 p.m.

Wichita police said Friday that they arrested a 35-year-old father with a suspended driver’s license after he led officers on a short chase with his five children unrestrained in an SUV.

Officers found what appears to be cocaine in the SUV, police said.

The incident began about 7:35 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of West Second when officers noticed a large SUV with very dark tinted windows that was going too fast, police Lt. Doug Nolte said.

Around Second and Elizabeth, the SUV turned south toward Douglas and pulled away from officers, who turned on their emergency equipment. As the officers pursued the SUV, the driver made several turns and ran several stop signs before abruptly stopping in a store parking lot in the 1100 block of West Douglas. The SUV’s speed reached 50 mph, Nolte said.

When officers got to the window of the SUV, they heard children screaming inside, Nolte said. Police found five children, ages 3 to 10, and none was in safety restraints, he said.

The officers arrested the driver, and relatives picked up his children.

The man was booked into jail on suspicion of a number of crimes, including child endangerment. He was wanted on warrants over child support, Nolte said.

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