Wyandotte County Sheriff's car catches fire at end of police chase

Posted at 12:38 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 19:08:27-05

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A police chase ended in KCK with a Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office car catching fire on Tuesday afternoon. 

A Wyandotte County Sheriff's deputy was chasing a stolen truck with a suspect wanted for a possible assault on a law enforcement officer. The chase began in the area of 12th and Central. 

The chase ended when the suspect car, a Ford F-150, crashed near 33rd and Orville in KCK. 

Captain David Thaxton with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said they don't know why the patrol car erupted after the sergeant got out of it to chase the suspects.

"He was able to corner them, look back and saw the car was on fire. We don't know why the police cruiser was on fire. He didn't hit anything," said Thaxton.

At the end of the chase, the patrol car was towed from the scene after the sergeant salvaged a few personal items.

Thaxton said he's grateful no one was in or near the car when it went up in flames.

"I am personally happy because I've known him for 14 years. I'm happy that no one got injured in this," said Thaxton.

The four people inside the stolen truck were taken into custody. 

No one was seriously injured in the incident.