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Stolen SUV strikes vehicle after Kansas troopers intervened, Highway Patrol says

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State troopers are asking witnesses to contact the Kansas Highway Patrol after an SUV pursued by officers crashed into another vehicle while driving the wrong way on a highway.

Troopers became involved in a pursuit of a stolen maroon Chevy Tahoe in northern Shawnee County at around 2:32 p.m. on Tuesday, the Highway Patrol said in a news release.

The driver of the SUV was westbound on Lower Silver Lake Road before he started driving northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. 75, Trooper Dray Carlton said in the release.

"The KHP disregarded the pursuit until they observed the driver of the stolen vehicle swerving at oncoming cars," the release said. "Due to the imminent threat to the public, the Patrol re-engaged in the pursuit and performed a tactical vehicle intervention (TVI) to end the pursuit.

"The Tahoe spun out and struck a southbound vehicle. The troopers then utilized their vehicles to prevent further movement of the Tahoe. The suspect was apprehended at the scene."

A Highway Patrol crash report identifies only the driver and passenger of a 2017 Toyota Camry. The 84-year-old man driving the car from Jamestown, North Dakota, was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka after he attempted an evasive maneuver to avoid the oncoming SUV. An 80-year-old woman passenger was not injured.

Troopers ask anyone involved in the pursuit — including victims who the Tahoe swerved at or people who witnessed the wrong-way driving — to call Carlton at 785-296-3102 or email dray.carlton@ks.gov.

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