Wichita police are asking for the public's help finding a man who they said was filling up a stolen SUV when he hit an officer in the face and then led police on a chase.
Police were called at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday to Davis-Moore at 7525 E. Kellogg on a report of a stolen black 2016 GMC Yukon, Officer Charley Davidson said in a release.
An officer found the Yukon in the 5800 block of East Pawnee, where he saw a man pumping gas into the SUV then get into the driver's seat, Davidson said.
"The officer made contact with the suspect, who immediately began resisting arrest, refusing to comply and striking the officer in the mouth, causing injury," Davidson said.
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The man then jumped into the passenger seat of a blue Pontiac GTO and sped away, Davidson said.
Another officer found the car at Pawnee and Oliver and started a police chase, but the pursuit was called off because of excessive speeding in a residential neighborhood, Davidson said.
Police ask for the public's help in finding Brandon J. Paxson, 40, who they say is a person of interest in the case. Paxson is also wanted on an outstanding warrant in Sedgwick County.
Anyone with information on Paxson's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.