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.