WICHITA, Kansas - An innocent driver is dead after a police chase in north Wichita early Sunday morning.
Police in the Old Town area spotted a suspect in a 2007 murder and began chasing a van.
But the chase soon reached dangerous speeds.
"The only thing we know about speeds was on Broadway, when we believe that the speeds were approximately 60 to 70 miles per hour, and that was the reason the supervisor discontinued the chase or the pursuit due to safety concerns," said Captain Brent Allred, Wichita Police Department.
Police say that roughly two minutes after the chase was called off, the fleeing van ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of 24th and Arkansas in north Wichita.
The driver of the other vehicle, Maria Martinez, 34, died from her injuries. Her husband suffered minor injuries.
Police took two people in the van into custody and are searching for others, including the murder suspect.
KSN asked the Wichita Police Department for its policy on when police chases are terminated.
The policy states that a vehicle pursuit will be terminated immediately in these circumstances:
- When ordered by a supervisor
- If visual contact is lost other than momentarily out of sight
- If the condition of the weather, roads, traffic or vehicles is unfavorable
- When there is clear and unreasonable danger to the officer or public
- When the offender can be sufficiently identified so an apprehension can be made at a safer time
There have been 28 traffic fatalities in Wichita this year.