Crime & Courts

Teen tries to escape using Uber

A teenage boy learned Saturday that relying on Uber to be your getaway vehicle may not be the best idea.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper detected a Dodge Challenger was speeding at about 10:30 a.m. in Harvey County, Trooper Chad Crittenden said. When he tried to pull the car over, the driver sped away and a chase ensued.

The chase went south on Broadway into Sedgwick County, Crittenden said. Law enforcement officers deployed stop sticks between 85th and 77th Street North.

After hitting the stop sticks, the Challenger continued on into Valley Center. By then, the trooper had lost sight of the car and called off the chase, Crittenden said.

But police in Valley Center received a report that a car had struck several mail boxes in the 100 block of Stoneridge Court and then come to a stop.

By the time officers reached that location, the driver had fled the Challenger. Law enforcement officers set up a perimeter at around noon on Saturday and were searching when a Valley Center police officer recognized the suspect in the back seat of an Uber vehicle passing by, Crittenden said.

The Uber was pulled over and the suspect was taken into custody. He told officers he’s 15 years old.

He was taken to the Harvey County juvenile detention center in Newton, Crittenden said.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger