A 15-year-old Gardner boy allegedly led police on a chase Saturday night that ended in a crash with two other vehicles along Interstate 435 in Shawnee.
The crash injured the boy and three other people, including a 1-year-old child. The injuries were believed to have been minor.
The chase began about 8:15 p.m. when a Gardner police officer went to check on a suspicious vehicle near Lincoln Lane and Moonlight Road.
As the officer approached a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, the driver put the car in gear and fled, striking the officer, according to a spokeswoman for the city of Gardner.
The officer was taken to a hospital as a precaution and was treated and released, she said.
Gardner police pursued the teen north on Moonlight Road and then east across 135th Street into Olathe. The chase then went north on Kansas 7 and east on Kansas 10 before going north on I-435.
At some point in the chase, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Johnson County Sheriff Office joined the pursuit.
As the car neared Shawnee Mission Parkway about 8:40 p.m., the driver swerved to avoid stop sticks and lost control, according to a preliminary crash report from the patrol.
The car went onto the right shoulder and sideswiped a 2012 Toyota Prius. After that impact, the Malibu went across all lanes of traffic, across the center median and then into oncoming traffic on southbound I-435.
The Malibu then struck a 2013 Toyota Highlander head-on. The collision sent the Highlander off the road into a ditch, where it overturned and came to rest on the driver’s side, according to the patrol.
A family in the Highlander — two adults in their mid-30s and a 1-year-old girl — as well as the teen fleeing from police, were taken to a hospital. The extent of their injuries was not known Sunday morning.
The driver of the Prius was not injured. Southbound I-435 was closed while authorities investigated.
Also on Saturday, both directions of Interstate 35 were closed about 8 p.m. between Pleasant Valley Road and Missouri 152 after a car caught fire following a police chase.
The chase started when Kansas City police noticed a stolen vehicle, according to the Clay County Sheriff Office.
Claycomo police took over the pursuit when the chase entered that city. During the chase, the vehicle struck stop sticks. When the vehicle started smoking, the suspect ran but was caught by police.
Both directions of the highway were reopened by 9:20 p.m.