The chase started at I-70 and Broadway around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and went westbound to a shopping center and through several quiet streets until the white Nissan Pathfinder ricocheted off another vehicle and into a tree.
According to police, officers were in the middle of arresting the suspect as part of an undercover operation when he fled.
Police said Houston is the suspect in several theft cases, a robbery and even another incident of eluding police in 2010.
Houston had advertised his getaway SUV on Craigslist, police said, and officers were trying to create a ruse by posing as interested buyers and meeting with him at the downtown Denny's.
Houston caught on to the trick and fled to Kansas City, Kan., speeding the wrong way down busy streets, across parking lots and a city park. His SUV finally stopped when he hit another car near 52nd and Georgia. Houston ran out of the car and hid in some bushes near a home, where he was taken down by several officers outside a home.
Carla Rogers and her family were inside their home when the suspect crashed into their front yard.
"We heard the sirens first and we saw the silver SUV coming down the road and it looked like it lost control," Rogers said. "It looked like it was coming up toward us. So at that time I had already turned my back and was trying to run into the house because I was panicking."
The mother of the other driver hit during the chase rushed to the scene after hearing the news.
"He just left my house," Lendr Roston said. "I was upstairs asleep, and then Big Mike called and told me my son was in an accident and seen him on TV. So I jumped up immediately and came up here to rescue my baby."
Thursday afternoon, the Wyandotte County District Attorney's office announced it has charged 33-year-old Rodney L. Houston of Kansas City, Kan., with one felony count of eluding a police officer. He is in the Wyandotte County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
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Houston and the person inside the car he hit were both treated for minor injuries.