WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A man who stole a truck from a railroad crew Thursday morning ended up crashing it and setting a south Wichita front yard on fire, according to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Eric Slay with the sheriff’s office said the man stole a vehicle from a BNSF Railway crew near Southeast Boulevard. Deputies in the area found the truck and tried to get the driver to pull over. He did not, and a chase began. Slay said it was a short pursuit.
“They attempted a tactical vehicle intervention due to the weight of the vehicle,” he said. “It wasn’t successful. Once we had information there was a GPS on the vehicle, the pursuit was disregarded.”
Slay says for five to six minutes after the chase ended, the driver continued to drive erratically around a south Wichita neighborhood near Glenn and Jewell Streets. Finally, the truck went through a yard, lost control and hit a telephone pole near May and Euclid. A wire fell to the ground and sparked a grass fire in the yard of a home.
The driver jumped out and started walking away before deputies got to the scene. Some Wichita police officers found the suspect a couple of blocks from the scene and arrested him. Slay says the man was wanted on two felony warrants.
Slay said GPS can help find stolen vehicles, but there was a delay in this case.
“We weren’t able to pick up this location until several minutes after the accident occurred,” he said.