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January 15, 2013

Felon crashes car while trying to elude police

A felon trying to escape police after running a red light crashed into a tree in Midtown late Monday night, police said.

A felon trying to escape police after running a red light crashed into a tree in Midtown late Monday night, police said.

An officer noticed a vehicle run a red light as it drove east on 13th at Broadway at about 11:15 p.m. Monday, Lt. Doug Nolte said. The driver refused to stop, and a chase ensued.

The police officer lost the suspect vehicle in the area of 14th and Emporia, Nolte said, but noticed a lot of dust and debris in the street. Upon closer inspection, he discovered the driver had lost control of his car and crashed into a tree.

A 46-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car exited the vehicle and ran to a house in the 1500 block of North Emporia. The 28-year-old man driving the car was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of numerous crimes, Nolte said.

Officers found a gun in the car, he said, and since the driver is a previously convicted felon he faces a likely felon in possession of a firearm charge.

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