A 20-year-old Wichita man has been arrested in connection with an incident at a pasture party in Reno County early Sunday morning that injured two people — one of them seriously.
Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said the man is accused of driving a vehicle toward a crowd of people gathered for a going-away party at 3:30 a.m. Sunday in a field in the 1600 block of West 56th Street.
The vehicle hit two people, Henderson said: Matt Price, 23, and Kayley Coley, 21, both of Hutchinson.
Price was flown by air ambulance to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita, where he was in serious condition Monday. Coley's injuries were minor, Henderson said.
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The vehicle connected to the incident fled the scene, Henderson said, but was stopped later on K-96 near Maize. Three people in the car were returned to Reno County for questioning.
Witnesses told authorities that the man arrested and a couple of his friends showed up at the party uninvited, Henderson said.
"Several disturbances took place throughout the evening involving these individuals," Henderson said in an e-mail.
A fight then broke out between the suspect and another person at the party, whom authorities have not yet identified. The suspect began to leave and, according to witnesses, "turned his vehicle towards a crowd of people and accelerated," Henderson said.
Several people jumped out of the way of the vehicle, witnesses said, but Price and Coley were struck.
The suspect could be charged with attempted second-degree murder, Henderson said, because he allegedly drove his vehicle at the crowd intentionally.
The investigation into the incident continues, Henderson said.