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911 caller gets a little too close to the action

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013, at 1:10 p.m.

Police say a man who witnessed a hit-and-run accident early Saturday ended up getting his own vehicle rammed by the suspect when he tried to aid police.

Wichita police Sgt. Bruce Watts said the 20-year-old man decided to follow a Chrysler 300 he saw leave the scene of an accident in the 4800 block of East Harry about 12:30 a.m.

He called 911 and tailed the car to the 3400 block of South Hydraulic, where officers got involved, Watts said. When police tried to stop the Chrysler, the driver sped away, leading authorities on a short chase.

That’s when the 20-year-old tried to help by blocking the street with his Jeep Grand Cherokee, Watts said.

“The Chrysler 300 ran into him,” he said.

The driver of the Chrysler, a 36-year-old man, got out after the impact and ran away. He was later captured by officers and jailed on suspicion of several traffic violations, felony evade and elude, and driving under the influence, Watts said.

Watts said it didn’t appear the that witness got hurt. He asked that people note a tag number or vehicle description and call 911 rather than chase a suspect.

“We get a lot of calls like that where citizens think like that and follow ... and we repeatedly tell people not to follow,” Watts said.

“It’s not worth getting hurt over.”

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