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October 8, 2012

Two arrested after police chase through east Wichita

A 20-minute police chase through east Wichita ended Monday with two suspects in custody, including one who sustained minor injuries.

A 20-minute police chase through east Wichita ended Monday with two suspects in custody, including one who sustained minor injuries.

The chase began shortly after 3:30 p.m. after a caller told police two suspicious men were in the backyard of a residence in the 2600 block of South Vassar with an assault rifle and a handgun, Capt. Hassan Ramzah said.

Witnesses told police the men appeared to be trying to rob the residence. One of the men was later found and arrested near the scene, but the other fled in a white SUV. Police pursued the vehicle through primarily east Wichita, Ramzah said.

At one point police called off the chase because of traffic congestion, a dispatch supervisor said, but the pursuit soon resumed.

Spike strips were used twice to try to stop the vehicle. The second strip used on Woodlawn caused a flat tire on the SUV, the dispatcher said.

The chase ended shortly before 4 p.m. in the 400 block of South Windsor, just west of Woodlawn and between Douglas and Kellogg, when the driver reached a dead end.

The driver was in his 30s and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Ramzah said. He didn’t know how the man was injured.

A rifle was recovered from the vehicle, Ramzah said.

The dispatch supervisor said he didn’t know what speeds the chase reached.

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