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Police: Driver that crashed into patrol car faces potential DUI charge

The Wichita police patrol car that was struck Saturday night at Towne West Square.
The Wichita police patrol car that was struck Saturday night at Towne West Square. Courtesy of Wichita Police Department

The 19-year-old man who crashed into a Wichita police patrol car Saturday night at Towne West Square faces a likely DUI charge, police said Monday.

The patrol car turned into the mall parking lot at Maple and Anna at about 11:10 p.m. on Saturday and then turned east at the T intersection on mall property, Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said.

The car was then struck by a Dodge Stratus speeding west through the lot, police have said. The officer was not hurt, but the Stratus driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Investigators checked to see if the driver was under the influence, and Woodrow said Monday an arrest was pending.

Signs at the T-intersection state cars entering the mall from Anna have the right-of-way. The patrol car has been removed from service because of the damage sustained in the collision.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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