Crime & Courts

Driver leads police on chase from southeast Wichita to K-96

A 22-year-old man took law enforcement officers on a lengthy chase early Tuesday morning before he finally surrendered on K-96 northwest of Wichita, authorities said.

The incident began shortly after 1 a.m. when a police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop at Harry and Georgetown in southeast Wichita.

The motorist, driving a gray Ford Taurus, refused to stop and headed west on Harry and then north on I-135. The chase continued west on K-96. Along the way, officers deployed stop sticks at least once.

The driver went over the spikes and continued driving even as the tires flattened and began to shred, police said. Officers observed the driver drinking alcohol as he drove, tossing cans out the window as he went.

By the time the driver pulled over at mile marker 277.2, police said, the vehicle was on its tire rims. He was booked on suspicion of numerous offenses.