Crime & Courts

Speeding DUI driver with kids inside crashed car after trooper called off Wichita chase

A speeding car with a suspected DUI driver and two child passengers wrecked in the parking lot of a Wichita senior center after a state trooper called off a police chase Wednesday afternoon.

Two children under the age of 10 were in the car when it jumped a curb at Northeast Senior Center, near 21st and Grove, and struck a parked vehicle at around 4:52 p.m., the Kansas Highway Patrol said in a crash report.

The trooper had been pursuing the 2004 Grand Prix northbound on Madison Avenue for traffic violations, but discontinued the pursuit due to speed and traffic, the crash report states. The car continued northbound “at a high rate of speed,” went over the curb where the road turns into Stadium Drive, crashed into a legally parked Buick Lacrosse and came to rest in the senior center parking lot.

The driver, identified in the crash report as 34-year-old Markston Adkins, of Wichita, was taken to Wesley Medical Center with a suspected minor injury. Two child passengers, a 3-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl, had complaints of pain, according to the crash log. The report indicates they were not taken to a hospital.

Sedgwick County Jail records show that Adkins was arrested by the highway patrol and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, aggravated child endangerment, fleeing or eluding law enforcement, distribution of marijuana, unlawful distribution of certain drug precursors and drug paraphernalia, no proof of insurance, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, child passenger safety, improper turn and reckless driving.

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