A Wichita police officer narrowly avoided serious injury Tuesday night when he was struck by a car reported as stolen, authorities said.
Officers responding to a report of a stolen car in south Wichita spotted the white Mercury Grand Marquis heading east at about 7:35 p.m. in the 2200 block of East MacArthur, Lt. Dan East said. When they tried to conduct a traffic stop, the 36-year-old driver sped away.
A police pursuit began, East said, and the Grand Marquis struck another police car in the 3200 block of East MacArthur. The male driver made a U-turn and then drove at an officer on foot who had his gun drawn.
The car skidded on rain-slickened grass, however, and the rear passenger door struck the officer, East said. The officer pushed away from the car using the hand holding his gun, breaking the rear passenger door window.
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The Grand Marquis continued west, hitting stop sticks in the 1000 block of East MacArthur. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole, East said.
He was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment of a neck injury. Upon his release, he’ll be booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.
The officer struck by the sliding car was not injured, East said.