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Vehicle hits, destroys Sedgwick County sheriff’s radar trailer

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at 10:21 a.m.

A vehicle plowed into and destroyed a Sedgwick County sheriff’s radar trailer working on 47th Street South, a sheriff’s official said Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office is treating Sunday’s incident as a hit-and-run accident, unless it is determined that someone intentionally struck the trailer, sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly said. The trailer was being used to monitor and flash motorists’ speeds so they could slow down if needed.

Mattingly gave this account:

The collision occurred between 8:30 a.m. and noon Sunday when an unknown vehicle — possibly a Toyota pickup — hit the trailer when it was parked at 5300 E. 47th South on the south side of the road, south of McConnell Air Force Base. The trailer, parked about 3 feet off the road, was moved about 100 feet by the collision.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers, 316-267-2111, or sheriff’s investigators, 316-660-5300.

The trailer, which is about 6 feet by 6 feet and has a small engine to power electronics and radar, was worth at least several thousand dollars, Mattingly said. It is one of two such trailers used by the Sheriff’s Office and had sheriff’s markings on it.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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