Speeds reaching near 100 mph in chase in Kansas City area - KCTV5 News

Robbery suspect in custody after high speed chase on area highways

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A robbery suspect is in custody after a high-speed chase Wednesday afternoon that wound through highways and streets on both sides of the state line.

The chase ended when the suspect's vehicle struck another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle is OK, but his brother was taken to an area hospital for treatment after suffering a shoulder injury.

The suspect was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

The driver in the suspect vehicle ran on foot after the crash and was arrested by officers just outside a home's front door where the person may have been trying to break into a home.

Kansas City police said they tried to stop the silver Nissan Xterra SUV to question the occupants about a recent robbery and auto thefts. The SUV fled west on Interstate 70.

Speeds reached up to 100 mph. The chase wound onto Interstate 635. The suspect vehicle went the wrong way into oncoming traffic on State Avenue, but managed to avoid hitting any vehicles on that road.

The suspect vehicle also drove through Wellborn Park near a playground where children were playing. The vehicle raced through a busy business parking lot outside an auto parts store. 

The chase ended near 52nd Street and Georgia Avenue in Kansas City, KS.

Carla Rogers was watching the whole thing unfold on live TV until she realized the suspect was right outside her window.

"I was like, 'get away from the window because there is going to be gun fire.' I was yelling at my son, and I was hiding,"  Rogers said.

She is thankful her family is OK but is angry with the driver for putting so many people at risk.  But it was Roger's daughter who got the biggest surprise once she realized it was her ex-boyfriend who was getting arrested.

Those in the path said they were frightened and riveted by the chase.

Daniel Roston said he saw the police lights and tried to avoid the chase, but his Land Rover was hit when he tried to pulled into a driveway. He suffered a headache and was shaken but said he was lucky that no one was killed.

"It was a wild incident. It was like out of a movie," he said. "It was crazy. It was out of nowhere."

He said he was just trying to get out of the way, and was thinking of his three children and daughter on the way.

"I've got a life to live," he said. "They were trying to cause trouble. Just let me get out of the way."

Despite all the damage, he has been able to keep his sense of humor.

"Next time, if you see a person pulling over in the driveway and you are in a high speed chase, let me get out of the way first. If they want to cause trouble, let me get out of the way," he said.

Representatives for both the KCK and Kansas City police departments defended the chase, saying they had little choice but to continue the pursuit. They said the driver had put lives in danger, and they needed to do what they could to get him stopped.

KCTV5's Jeanene Kiesling, Sandra Olivas, Jonathan Carter, Stephen Mayer and Chris Oberholtz contributed to this report.

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