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Chase ends in crash near downtown Wichita

Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 11:44 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office blocked off Washington Street, south of Douglas, late Monday morning due to a chase that ended in a crash.

The sheriff’s office said deputies spotted a stolen truck in northwest Wichita that was believed to be connected with an aggravated burglary. A chase ensued, and it ended near downtown Wichita when the truck collided with a car.

Two people in the stolen truck were taken into custody.

A dog suffered injuries in the crash, but no people were hurt.

The Kansas Highway Patrol was called out to the scene to work the accident.The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office explained its pursuit of the truck believed to have been stolen from a Wichita home last Thursday (Aug. 27).

“We have good felony charges on these people, stolen vehicle, and so we’re constantly weighing the risk during the pursuit,” Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Captain Brad Hoch said.

Sheyene Martinez was working at Jury Eye Care Monday morning at the corner of Douglas and Washington when she witnessed the crash that ended the high-speed chase. She said she saw vehicles spin with one of them crashing into a nearby aquarium business.

That business received some damage, but owners Rick and Tonya Spear said it could’ve been much worse.

“We got six, 8,000 gallons of water there, so once it’s penetrated at any point, it’s now open so that water would’ve just pumped out of all the aquariums and could’ve been a disaster, nightmare,” Rick Spear said.

The business owners said most of all, they’re glad no one was seriously injured.

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Posted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Monday, August 31, 2020

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