GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – A pickup driver injured in a fiery crash in Finney County late Sunday night is a wanted man, according to the Garden City Police Department.
Police say they got the report of some vehicles driving recklessly and doing donuts in a parking lot in the 2300 block of East Kansas Avenue around 10:35 p.m.
Officers arrived and saw two vehicles race through the parking lot. As officers tried to stop them, they say a Chevy Silverado spun around, stuck a parked car, and sped away.
Police say they chased the pickup east onto Schulman Avenue and Highway 83. The officers called off the chase at Farmland Road and Schulman Avenue “due to reckless conditions.” However, during the chase, they say they witnessed the Silverado’s driver commit a number of traffic violations.
It wasn’t long before Finney County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the pickup heading east on U.S. Highway 50. The deputies started chasing the truck. The chase went south on Raceway Road and headed west onto Old Post Road.
Deputies also end their chase due to “reckless conditions.”
Garden City police say that it was shortly after the second chase that a deputy found the Silverado had crashed into a tree near the 6200 block of Old Post Road. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said the crash happened around 10:50 p.m.
KHP troopers say the pickup driver was westbound on the road and failed to negotiate a curve. As a result, the pickup left the road, drove through a fence and hit a tree. It became engulfed in flames.
The driver crawled out of the wreckage and fled on foot, but law enforcement officers caught him.
Police say the driver is 37-year-old Matthew Miguel Lujan of Denver. He was taken to St. Catherine Hospital first, then flown to Colorado due to the extent of his injuries.
The GCPD says that Lujan has multiple felony warrants, including a Pueblo, Colorado warrant for contempt of court, dangerous drugs, and a U.S. Marshals Service warrant for failure to appear.
Police say they are still investigating the case.