Police: Wichita officer injures arm in struggle with parolee

10/03/2012 12:57 PM

10/03/2012 12:59 PM

A Wichita police officer suffered a possible broken arm Tuesday during a struggle with a parolee driving a car that had been reported stolen, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

The officer briefly fought with the man. Then the 47-year-old man pulled away in the car, striking the officer in his arm, police Lt. Doug Nolte said. Police were involved in a chase in south Wichita that lasted about 15 minutes, with speeds at times over 70 mph, Nolte said.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. It began around 63rd and Broadway and ended near Pawnee and Rock when the fleeing vehicle rammed another car, lost control and hit a light pole, Nolte said.

No one besides the officer appeared to have a significant injury.

The driver of the fleeing vehicle was booked into jail on suspicion of DUI and assault and battery of a law enforcement officer.

The man identified as being the driver has been on parole in Sedgwick County since July 19, Kansas Department of Corrections records show. He has convictions for crimes in Sedgwick or Butler counties, including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon and fleeing or eluding an officer.

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