The specific details of a car chase of a robbery suspect through Wyandotte County are under review by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, but a police spokesman said he believes the pursuit generally may fall under the police department’s guidelines for pursuits.
During evening rush hour Wednesday, Kansas City, Mo., police officers chased a robbery suspect from Missouri into Kansas in heavy traffic on westbound I-70. The Kansas City, Kan., police joined the chase. The suspect went west on I-70 and then through Kansas City, Kan., where he drove through Wyandotte Plaza at 78th and State, went cross-country to enter State Avenue going in the wrong direction (east in the westbound lanes), then continued east.
The suspect drove off the road, cross-country into Welborn Park and a playground near 55th and Georgia, then crashed into a resident’s occupied car near 51st and Georgia, where the suspect finally stopped after hitting a utility pole and was taken into custody.
Charges were pending Thursday, as the suspect was in the hospital from injuries in the crash. A resident in the car that was hit also was injured.
Sgt. Emmett Lockridge, spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, said he believes the Kansas City, Kan., officers’ involvement in the car chase in general may fall under the department’s guidelines, as pursuit of a robbery suspect is considered to be acceptable.
But he said the details are under review by the police department. So far, a review of the incident has not found any obvious violations of the department’s pursuit policy, he added. Lockridge said he did not want to go into the details of the department’s policy so as not to alert any suspects to the department’s policy.
Many law enforcement agencies have their own pursuit policies.
In the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department, the pursuit policy weighs the severity of the crime and the conditions, said Lt. Kelli Bailiff, spokeswoman.
“We’ll terminate if we think people will be in danger; we also can continue if it’s not a great amount of danger,” she said.
Charges might be filed against the suspect, both in Kansas City, Kan., and in Kansas City, Mo, Lockridge said. The name of the suspect will be released after charges are filed.