Hit-and-run suspect arrested after driving into Brush Creek, being tackled by bystander

Posted: 7:34 PM, May 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-03 22:15:57-04
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An adult male was arrested after an alleged hit-and-run led to a chaotic scene and left authorities to haul a truck from Brush Creek on Friday near the Country Club Plaza.

Witnesses told Kansas City, Missouri, police that the white full-size truck was traveling south on Main Street around 6 p.m. when it clipped another car, taking off its side-view mirror.

The truck did not stop and proceeded to turn right on 47th Street then left on Baltimore Avenue.

Eventually, the truck turned left again behind the Plaza Tennis Center on Ward Parkway, which is one-way along that stretch.

The truck, which struck a stoplight near the tennis courts, was headed into oncoming westbound traffic before it veered sharply to the right, overturned as it rolled down the hill and came to rest in the middle of Brush Creek.

At that point, the driver swam to shore and attempted to flee on foot. A bystander who witnessed the incident tackled the driver, who was treated at the scene for a minor facial injury from being tackled then taken into custody, police told 41 Action News.

KCPD was investigating whether impairment was a factor in the sequence of events.

The Kansas City Fire Department's rescue and dive team fished the truck from the water.