A police chase that began in Independence this morning only briefly touched inside northeast Johnson County, but had police departments ready to take precautions.
The chase apparently began shortly after 9 a.m. when a stolen pickup truck rammed an Independence police car that was not occupied.
Capt. David Moloy of the Mission Police Department said this morning that the chase, which had come across I-70 and down I-635, entered Mission “for about a minute” at the north edge of the city before it turned back north on I-35 and into Kansas City, Kan. Mission police did not join the pursuit.
Police in Roeland Park and Westwood also were aware of the chase. Roeland Park dispatchers said officers were on standby near local schools in the event the chase turned into Roeland Park.
Westwood Police Chief Greg O’Halloran said the truck exited I-35 at Southwest Blvd. and Mission Road, was in the 39th and Rainbow area and ended up in a dead end in KCK. It did not enter Westwood.
Media reports this morning said police were searching for the driver who fled on foot in a wooded area near Fisher Park in KCK.