Crime & Courts

Robbery suspect crashes car into west Wichita house

A fleeing car driven by a man suspected of robbing a credit union crashed into the front porch of a west Wichita house Thursday evening and flipped onto its side after a brief chase, a police official said.

The man suffered injuries that appeared not to be life threatening and was taken by EMS to a hospital, Wichita Police Lt. Travis Rakestraw said. No one else was injured.

The wrecked car came to rest outside a home on Harvest, just west of Tyler on the south side of 13th Street.

Rakestraw gave this account:

At 5:08 p.m. a man walked into the Credit Union of America, 212 S. Ridge, robbed the business and left in a vehicle. Officers found the suspect driving in a neighborhood and tried to stop him. But he refused and led police on a chase that lasted about a minute.

The chase began at 5:20 p.m. After the car went west on 13th, it turned south onto Harvest, went into the yard, struck the porch and ended up on its side. The chase ended at 5:21 p.m.

A witness, Jenna Ringle, said she was about to turn south onto Harvest herself when she saw a white car speed close by her before crashing in the yard. She said she saw an officer run up to the car.

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