Police pursuit starts in Olathe, ends with crash in Lenexa

An officer is among those being treated for minor injuries
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 4:04 PM CST
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. (KCTV) – An officer is among those being treated for minor injuries after a pursuit that started in Olathe on Wednesday afternoon ended with a multi-vehicle crash in Lenexa.

Right now, we know that Olathe police tried to stop a stolen black Chevrolet Tahoe at 3:11 p.m. in the 14400 block of West 135th St., west of S. Black Bob Road.

The driver tried to leave the scene and hit or rammed an Olathe police officer’s vehicle in the process.

The driver didn’t yield to other officers, either, and a pursuit was initiated.

That officer had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

The Lenexa Police Department said they were made aware of the pursuit out of Olathe at about 3:25 p.m.

Lenexa officers and dispatchers monitored radio traffic as the pursuit entered Overland Park. They were listening as the suspect vehicle was involved in multiple crashes in multiple locations. However, the driver was still fleeing police and was nearing Lenexa’s city limits.

Then, at about 3:40 p.m., Lenexa officers saw the suspect vehicle entering their city limits at I-35 and 87th Street. The vehicle then went west on 87th and was involved in another crash near Long Street.

By 3:45 p.m., a Lenexa police officer made the decision to end the pursuit by using a Precision Immobilization Technique. The officer made that decision because of “the suspect’s previous and ongoing dangerous actions.”

Ultimately, the suspect was involved in a four-vehicle crash along 87th Street at Allman Road. That is a couple blocks west of Lackman Road.

The suspect driver, a man, was then taken into custody. He was taken to a local hospital for a possible minor injury.

Someone who was driving one of the vehicles he hit at the end of the pursuit was also taken to a local hospital, by ambulance, for possible minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. That investigation involves officers out of Olathe, Lenexa, and Overland Park. It also includes Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers.

“The Olathe Police Department would like to thank the Overland Park Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, and the Lenexa Police Department for their assistance with this incident,” a press release from Olathe police said.