Officer injured, 2 arrested after vehicle rams patrol at home of Koch family member

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update: Friday January 18, 2019

The man accused of striking a Wichita police officer's patrol vehicle and a private security vehicle at the home of Chase Koch made his first appearance in Sedgwick County Court on Friday.

Aron White was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and flee or attempt to elude.

His preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 31.


Update: Wednesday January 16, 2019

Jail records show Aron White, 40, and a 58-year-old man have been arrested in connection with an incident on the property of Wichita businessman Chase Koch.

Wichita police say they don't know if the homeowners were home at the time of the incident. Investigators still trying to determine why the two men were on the property. They say drugs may also have been involved.

Police arrested White on several charges including criminal trespass and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, destruction of property, unlawful restraint, criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia. The older man was arrested on one count of probation violation.

Wichita police say around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a suspicious character call concerning a suspicious vehicle, a 2018 silver Mercedes Benz, at a private residence in the 2000 block of North Greenwich.

While officers were en route, the call changed to a disturbance with weapons call after private security alerted Sedgwick County dispatchers that the Mercedes had struck a private security vehicle.

Officers arrived and made contact with White outside a private gate that was leading into the residence. White then placed the vehicle in drive and ran through the metal security gate, driving over the lawn and destroying property.

White drove the Mercedes into the field area, then turned and drove back toward the police and security vehicles that were on the private drive of the residence.

White rammed the right passenger side of a WPD patrol vehicle with the Mercedes. He continued westbound across the property, struck a tree and the car became disabled.

Officers took White and 58-year-old man, who was in the front passenger seat of the Mercedes, into custody without further incident. Police also consider the older man a victim because he wanted to get out of the car, hence the criminal restraint charge against White.

The officer sustained minor injuries to his left hand and arm, and he is expected to okay. No one else was hurt.

The Wichita Police Department arrests two people and one of its officers suffered minor injuries after police say a vehicle rammed the officer's patrol car on a well-known businessman's property near 21st Street North and Greenwich.

Wichita Police Lt. Ronald Hunt says the first call came in about 7:30 p.m. for police to assist security on a private residence. He says there was a vehicle on the property "that didn't belong."

Eyewitness News learned this private residence belongs to well-known local businessman, Chase Koch and that a security vehicle on that scene was from Koch Industries.

Hunt says when officers arrived, they found that the suspect vehicle had struck the security vehicle before its driver drove through the gate onto the private property.

In a pursuit on that property, Hunt says the suspect vehicle rammed the patrol car. He says police arrested the 40-year-old man identified as the driver of the suspect vehicle, as well as a 58-year-old passenger.

Hunt says charges against the driver could include aggravated battery against the officer.

"This could have been much worse and (I) am thankful our officer only had minor injuries," Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay posted on his professional Facebook page.