Charges filed against driver in KCK car chase

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Wyandotte County District Attorney's office charged 22-year-old Tyrone Hamilton with a felony count of eluding police and a misdemeanor count of endangering a child following Tuesday’s car chase in Kansas City, Kan.

It only lasted 20 minutes but in that short amount of time, the suspect caused a lot of damage.

VIDEO: 2 in custody after chase through KCK, KCMO

On his way to his son's school play Tuesday evening, Gil Niesen never thought he'd be a part of the chase. His car was one of three cars the suspect hit fleeing from police struck.

"Bang! It just shocked me. I yelled and all of a sudden skidded to a stop staring at the grill of a Ford F-150," Niesen said.

The chase began around 4:45 p.m. after KCK police said the driver tried to hit one of their patrol cars with a 10-year-old boy in the car's backseat during the entire chase.

Police deployed stop sticks, forcing the suspect on the 1300 block of Minnesota Avenue and the passenger to make a run for it.

Eventually it ended in a parking lot with three officers taking the suspect into custody. The arrest had a lot of people talking Wednesday and lit up social media.

41 Action News sat with University of Missouri at Kansas City professor Kenneth Novak to review the video. Novak is the chairperson of UMKC Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and has taught policing at the university for 14 years.

"It's much more difficult to deescalate after the adrenaline gets going than to escalate,” Novak said.

Novak said officers have to react to eliminate the threat. However he adds during the course of an investigation, the punches will be under scrutiny.

"They're going to have to determine whether that citizen was still actively posing a threat or actively resistant," Novak said.

"They understand what's at stake so I’m not going to second guess anything that they're doing," Niesen said.
Niesen walked away with minor bruises and had words for the person who did this to him.

"Through my faith I'd tell him that I forgive them and I'd tell them that I pray for him," he said.

Hamilton is being held on a $35,000 bond.

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