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Wichita officer in pursuit of vehicle crashes into car, Kansas Highway Patrol says

One person was taken to the hospital with possible injuries after a Wichita police officer who was involved in a vehicle pursuit hit another car, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The crash happened Saturday just before 11 p.m.

A 34-year-old Wichita man in a Chevrolet Malibu was driving east on Lincoln near Edgemoor in the right lane. He yielded for one Wichita police cruiser, which was actively pursuing another vehicle with its lights and sirens on, the patrol said. After that car passed, the 34-year-old driver moved into the left lane to turn onto Sylvan Lane.

A second Wichita police officer, who was also involved in the pursuit and had lights and sirens on, went into the westbound lane to avoid hitting the Chevy Malibu, the patrol said.

However, the passenger side front corner of the police vehicle hit the driver front corner of the Chevy, the patrol said.

The 34-year-old man was not injured, but his passenger, a 33-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital for possible injuries. The officer, identified as 22-year-old Dean Keith, was not injured.

Wichita Police Officer Paul Cruz said on Sunday evening that the chase began when an officer saw a stolen 1997 Honda Accord being driven in the 2200 block of West Caroline. When officers tried to stop the driver at Douglas and Charles, the driver — later identified as a 16-year-old male — refused to stop.

The chase ended when the car hit a curb in the 700 block of South Edgemoor. The teenager was taken into custody and booked in the Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of felony evade and elude arrest along with several other charges, Cruz said.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the collision between the Wichita police officer and driver of the Chevrolet Malibu.

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