A 51-year-old man was injured Tuesday evening after the car he was driving struck a utility pole following a brief police chase, Wichita police said Wednesday.
Police attempted to stop a 1997 Saturn about 6:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Hillside because the car had been reported stolen, Lt. James Espinoza said.
After the driver kept going at a high rate of speed, a police supervisor called off the pursuit, Espinoza said.
The vehicle struck a utility pole at nearby Murdock and Cleveland and overturned, pinning the driver inside. He was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in serious condition, Espinoza said.
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The incident came after another law enforcement chase earlier Tuesday that also involved a reported stolen vehicle.
A Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy’s pursuit of the vehicle was called off shortly before 8:30 a.m. The vehicle was involved in a crash at George Washingon Boulevard and Pawnee, injuring four people.
Tuesday evening’s pursuit was ended quickly, Espinoza said.