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Teens injured after police chase, crash

Car chase ends with three boys in hospital

Two 13-year-old boys and 15-year-old are in the hospital with serious and critical injuries after car chase ended around 4:15 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hillside and 31st Street South. A 13-year-old was driving a 2004 Toyota Highlander t
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Two 13-year-old boys and 15-year-old are in the hospital with serious and critical injuries after car chase ended around 4:15 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hillside and 31st Street South. A 13-year-old was driving a 2004 Toyota Highlander t

Three boys were injured early Thursday after a police chase ended with them crashing a vehicle into a wall at Hillside and 31st Street South.

A 13-year-old boy from Wichita was driving an SUV with a 15-year-old front-seat passenger and 13-year-old boy in a back seat of the vehicle, authorities said.

The chase ended around 4:15 a.m. on Thursday. It started when law enforcement received a report of a burglary in progress at a cellphone store in the 2800 block of South Hydraulic, said Lt. Lin Dehning of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly after the call, Dehning said, a Sedgwick County deputy spotted a 2004 maroon Toyota Highlander that was stolen around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and thought it might be related to the burglary.

Other deputies tried to position themselves around the area to avoid a car chase, but a chase occurred through the Planeview area, Dehning said.

When the Highlander traveled south on Hillside, it tried to turn east and crashed into a wall lining the dead end of the three-way intersection, Dehning said.

He said the driver and two passengers were transported to the hospital. The driver and front-seat passenger were reported as having serious injuries, and the back-seat passenger was reported as having critical injuries.

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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