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Police chase on West Douglas ends with hit-and-run driver in custody

For nearly two hours Sunday, a normally quiet west Wichita neighborhood was a crime scene after a man fled a car crash and broke into several homes before he was caught and arrested.

The crash happened at about 3 p.m. near Douglas and Richmond, where the driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree, then ran off, according to Wichita police.

A passenger in the vehicle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, said police Sgt. Jim Bratt.

Police closed sections of Douglas between Meridian and Richmond while searching for the man. During the search, they discovered he had broken into several houses in the neighborhood, Bratt said.

"In one of the residences he held a family captive briefly," Bratt said.

Two members of the family suffered minor injuries, he said.

The man left that house and entered another house nearby, Bratt said. Police followed him into the house and arrested him.

Bratt said he did not know what caused the one-vehicle accident, nor did he know the driver's name.

"I don't know why he ran," Bratt said. "He made entry into several residences trying to evade law enforcement. The victims were pretty shaken up."

One resident in the neighborhood said he wasn't aware anything unusual had happened until a police officer walked up to his yard and asked if he'd seen anything.

"I said, 'I haven't yet,' " said the man, who asked not to be identified. "Pretty soon, we saw them chasing him down the street in the other direction. They arrested him a couple houses over on the other side of the street. I seen him after they arrested him. They brought him around in handcuffs."

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