Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says the man behind the wheel of a stolen truck that crashed into another truck, killing the driver, has led police on a chase before.
That man is out of the hospital and in jail charged with first degree murder, evade and elude, and three other charges.
Officers initially spotted the stolen truck near Osie and the river Tuesday morning. They tried to make contact with the driver, but he sped off.
Cheif Williams says the driver turned left on Funston and kept speeding up. He ran a stop sign at Harry and Wichita and then hit an on-coming black truck.
Investigators say the driver of the black truck likely died instantly, when his vehicle was crushed between the stolen truck and a tree.
A police supervisor had called off the pursuit, but the crash had already happened.
"It happened so fast," Williams said. "When you look at the time that the officers contacted the vehicle there at Osie and Exchange to the time accident occurred, you're talking within a minute a minute or less."
Police have not positively identified the man who was killed, but say he was 38- years-old.
Police say this isn't the first time he's run from police. Chief Williams says back on December 26, he led police on a chase while driving a stolen Corvette. He ended up crashing into a pole and then ran from the car.
"Going back to what happened in December, it gives you the impression he has a habit of doing this," Williams said. "He would rather run from the officers that be apprehended."
Chief Williams says preliminary indications show the officers followed policy.