Updated: Driver Who Injured Gardner Police Officer Identified

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Four people were hospitalized on Saturday night, two with serious injuries and two others with minor injuries following a chase and crash on I-435 at Shawnee Mission Parkway which started in Gardner at a local car wash.

The Gardner Police Department issued the following statement

“Earlier tonight one of our officers was conducting a car check near Lincoln Ln and Moonlight when the driver of the vehicle suddenly put the car in gear and fled the scene, striking the officer. The officer received minor injuries and was treated and released from an area hospital. The suspect vehicle was subsequently involved in an injury accident in the City of Shawnee while attempting to elude officers and was taken into custody.”

Further information will follow as details become available.  The name of the injured officer has not been released.

Updated: According to Kansas Highway Patrol, 15-year-old Caleb Michael Metsinger was the driver of the Chevrolet Malibu that struck our police officer.  During the ensuing chase, Metsinger swerved to avoid stop sticks on northbound I-435 and lost control. He sideswiped a Toyota Prius, went across all lanes of traffic, crossed the median and hit a southbound Toyota Highlander head-on. In the Highlander were two adults and a 1-year-old child. All had possible injuries, but according to firefighters on the scene, none were life-threatening.

Metsinger was taken to the hospital in police custody.

 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. The cops should not even pursue. People need to rise up against the machine. They should pay for this and all the injuries/fatalities they are responsable for. Kid was nervous and all the cops now just want to shoot first ask later. Sad sad

  2. So a police officer is assaulted and they should do nothing? Assaulting a police officer even with a vehicle requires either a level of stupidity or criminality that rises above the norm. I would hope that kind of person is taken off the streets for all our safety.

  3. It is ridiculous to say that the police should have done nothing. If it was a case where the suspect was merely speeding and the police chase with simple traffic charges, then I do not think they necessarily should, however, this is not the case. The suspect attempted to kill a police officer with his car, by all rights the police could and arguably should have shot the driver if they could have safely done so.

    You mention that this was a kid, I don’t care how nervous the kid was, he attempted to take the life of the officer and I hope he is incarcerated as long as the law allows.