Police chase takes out power in Oakland area

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A police chase in the Oakland area of Topeka ended with more than 11-hundred people with power for most of Friday evening.

A Kansas Highway Patrol officer was involved in the chase, which ended with the suspect’s car taking out two power poles at the intersection of Seward and Rice.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office says the trooper attempted to stop a red Pontiac Grand Prix when the driver took off. The driver wrecked what turned out to be a stolen car at the intersection of NE Rice and NE Seward.

The driver was taken into custody but a passenger inside the car was able to get away from officers.

A Westar Energy spokesperson says .1,122 people were suddenly thrown into the dark when the line came down across several streets.

By 8:30 p.m. power had been restored to all but 105 customers, however the utility said the power would remain out until the two poles could be replaced. Crews had been called to the scene for the repair work but there was no estimate as of 9:00 p.m. when that would happen.


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