WICHITA — The second Wichita police officer injured in a weekend collision with a motorist fleeing from another officer has been released from a local hospital, officials said today.
The injuries for Officer John Groh, 43, who has been with the force for about 14 years, included a broken leg, Deputy Chief Nelson Mosley said. He faces three months of recovery and rehabilitation before he will return to street duty.
Officer Travis Stipp, 31, who was also in the patrol car and injured, should return to duty later this week.
Groh and Stipp were at Patrol North shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday when they heard scanner traffic about a motorist who was attempting to elude another patrol officer, Mosley said.
They were driving north on Grove when the car driven by Ratwan Norwood Sr., slammed into the patrol car at the intersection of 26th and Grove at 1:28 a.m., knocking the car into a tree.
It's not known at this point whether Norwood, 44, intended to hit the patrol car, Mosley said.
"They entered the intersection and saw the headlights" of Norwood's car as it closed in on them, Mosley said of the officers.
The impact T-boned the patrol car, Mosley said.
Norwood has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and other possible charges.
The chase began at 19th and Spruce, Mosley said, and Norwood made a number of turns before turning east onto 26th Street in the moments before the collision. Speeds were estimated at 30 to 40 miles an hour, he said.