Man captures KCK police chase on video

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A 23-year-old man from Minnesota captured a police chase in KCK on camera during his commute home from work on Thursday.

Matt McDonald, who works for Garmin, said he was driving down Rainbow Boulevard near Southwest Boulevard around 5:15pm when the action went right by his car.

"I just thought it was some jerk driver," he explained. "The drivers here aren't very good sometimes. I'm used to getting cut off."

Video captured on McDonald's personal dash camera showed a black SUV speed past McDonald's car at the intersection before being followed by two police cars.

"I noticed he was going about 50 miles per hour and I thought something wasn't right," he said. "I was on the phone with my mom. She was freaking out a little bit."

On Thursday night, KCK police told 41 Action News that the chase began after the driver of the black SUV was caught speeding and did not pull over.

Officers were not able to catch up with the driver, and no arrest has been made in the case.

Hours after recording the chase, McDonald said the video captured an experience that happened in a flash.

"I honestly got more of an adrenaline rush watching it again than actually being in it because it happened so quickly," he explained.

McDonald was able to capture the chase using a Garmin personal dash cam.

He said he has had the camera inside his car for the past year, hoping to catch something while on the road.

"You always see those crazy videos in YouTube of the meteorite or car accidents and stuff," he explained. "I thought maybe for a liability reason it might come in handy sometime."

The occurrence on Thursday was even more ironic considering McDonald's interest in police chase videos.

"I've been watching a lot of police chase videos on YouTube lately," he said. "I never thought I'd actually be a part of one."

By Thursday night, McDonald had uploaded the video to social media sites for friends and family to see.

"People are just happy I'm okay and (some are) freaking out a little bit," he explained.

Anyone with information that may help police find the runaway driver are asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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