Crime & Courts

Wichita police find newborn in stolen car after brief pursuit

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A 25-year-old man driving a stolen vehicle led police on a six-block car chase, according to Wichita police.

Shortly after 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, two Wichita police officers noticed a car reported as stolen in the 1300 block of North Volutsia, Lt. James Espinoza said on Wednesday. The officers turned on their lights and sirens and began pursuing the car.

“The chase reached speeds up to 50 to 55 mph,” Espinoza said. “The suspect ran several stop signs and at one point did pull over and ran from the vehicle.”

One of the officers then chased the 25-year-old man on foot and eventually arrested him in the 1700 block of North Ash.

The other officer approached the vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, and found a 20-year-old woman in the car with her 16-day-old baby girl. The woman was the man’s sister and the baby was his niece, Espinoza said.

Officers were aided in the arrest after a resident called 911 and reported seeing a suspicious character in the neighborhood.

The man was arrested on charges of child endangerment, evade and elude and several other traffic charges. He is also a gang member, Espinoza said.

The Sonata was reported stolen Monday from the 700 block of North Broadway. The car had a veteran tag, which the two police officers recognized on Tuesday, Espinoza said.

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