Passenger in stolen car killed after Topeka police halt pursuit

June 23, 2020 - 6:03 pm

Authorities say a passenger in a car that was reported stolen has been killed in a Topeka crash after police called off a pursuit. 

Police said in a news release that an officer attempted to stop the speeding car around 5:20 a.m. Monday, about an hour after receiving a report that the the vehicle had been stolen at gunpoint. 

The officer lost sight of the vehicle and ended the pursuit. But a separate officer then observed the stolen vehicle being driven at a high rate of speed before it crashed into a pickup truck. 

Police said in the release that officers weren’t in pursuit of the car at the time of the crash.

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