Two men hurt in crash after fleeing attempted traffic stop

Two men were injured when they fled an attempted traffic stop by police early Tuesday morning and crashed in southeast Wichita, authorities said.

The incident began at about 1:45 a.m. when an officer on patrol saw a blue Jeep Cherokee run a red light at Pawnee and Hillside, Lt. Doug Nolte said. As the officer attempted to pull the Jeep over, it sped east on Pawnee at “a high rate of speed,” Nolte said.

The officer gave pursuit, and the Jeep continued east past Rock Road. The officer slowed his pursuit when the Jeep entered a residential area, Nolte said. As the Jeep crossed a bridge over a dry riverbed on Cherry Creek, the driver lost control and went over the edge of the bridge, crashing and rolling over.

The 22-year-old driver and his 37-year-old passenger were taken to Wesley Medical Center, Nolte said. The driver was treated and released, then booked into jail on suspicion of felony evade and elude, driving under the influence and outstanding warrants.

The passenger suffered a broken collarbone in the crash, Nolte said. He faces no potential charges.