A woman was seriously hurt Saturday evening when the vehicle in which she was a passenger struck a mailbox and a utility pole after the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper chasing it ended the pursuit by carrying out a “tactical vehicle intervention,” authorities said.
The trooper used his vehicle to push the fleeing vehicle’s rear end sideways, sending it into a spin, said Technical Trooper Don Hughes, a spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol.
The injured woman’s identity wasn’t made public. She was taken to a Topeka hospital, where she remained a patient Sunday, Hughes said.
The pursuing trooper’s name also wasn’t being made public.
Hughes said the fleeing vehicle’s driver, 30-year-old Jeremy Allen Cline, was treated late Saturday at a Topeka hospital, then released.
Cline was then booked at 11:40 p.m. Saturday into the Shawnee County Jail, where he was being held without bond Sunday in connection with aggravated battery, possessing a stimulant drug and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer by engaging in reckless driving, according to jail records.
The pursuit began shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday in North Topeka, where the trooper tried to stop a vehicle related to an ongoing investigation and the driver initiated a chase that lasted about two minutes and reached speeds of 45 to 50 mph, Hughes said.
The trooper then used the TVI technique to cause the vehicle to go into a spin in which it struck a mailbox, rotated off that, then struck a utility pole and came to rest, Hughes said.
Hughes said the Kansas Highway Patrol uses the TVI technique as a tool to end pursuits quickly to keep chases from getting out of control and reducing the risk to other people.
However, the Washington Post reported last August that 30 people have died nationwide since 2016 as a result of situation in which law enforcement officers sought to end chases using the TVI technique, also known as the Precision Immobilization Technique.