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Police pursuit of a stolen vehicle near Clearwater ends in rollover, driver arrested

CLEARWATER, Kan. (KSNW) — A 25-mile police chase of a stolen vehicle in southeast Kansas ended in a rollover accident and a man in custody Monday afternoon.

According to Clearwater Police Chief Kirk Ives, the chase began around 3pm in Wellington when FLOCK cameras picked up the license plate of a stolen SUV in Wellington.

Chief Ives said the Wellington Police Department began the pursuit but called it off. That’s when the Conway Springs Police Department took over, and the Clearwater Police Department stepped in to assist.

According to Chief Ives, as the stolen SUV made its way to the south side of Clearwater, that’s when officers deployed an arresting baton, which damaged the rear of the SUV shortly thereafter.

The driver then drove towards one of the officers, attempting to ram his car but narrowly missing him, according to Chief Ives.

When reporters asked Chief Ives if shots had been fired during the chase, he confirmed.

“Yes, but I can’t get into discussing all of that right now,” Chief Ives said.

The chase continued until the stolen car lost control and overturned near the intersection of W 111th St S and South 119th St W, 25 miles from where the chase began.

Chief Ives confirmed three people were in the “small SUV”. The driver was a man who has since been arrested. With him in the car a woman and a child. Nobody sustained injuries.

“As of now, the aggravated assault with a vehicle on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and evading, of course, some minor charges on failed to give way, did not stop, which came from the police department of Conway Springs,” Chief Ives said.

The identities of those involved have not yet been disclosed.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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