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Two critically injured after chase ends in crash in Newton

A high-speed chase late Saturday began near Park City, injured a Valley Center police officer and ended when the vehicle being pursued crashed into a pet grooming business in Newton.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Kansas Highway Patrol were investigating the chase and one-vehicle accident on Sunday.

According to the highway patrol, the accident happened at 10:52 p.m. Saturday.

A Valley Center officer first spotted a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am driving suspiciously and stopped the driver on Broadway near 109th Street North, according to news reports from KFDI.

As soon as the car stopped, it took off, injuring the officer, KFDI reported. A police chase went into Harvey County. The vehicle was northbound on Kansas Avenue in Newton when the driver lost control and struck a building at 206 S. Kansas, where Pawsitively Groomed K-9s is located, according to a Harvey County dispatcher.

The highway patrol reports the driver, Madison J. Pruisner, 18 of Newton, and her passenger, Jay Michael Betts, 30, also of Newton, were injured and taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. They were listed in critical condition.

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