Police chase turns deadly when pursuit heads wrong way on Interstate 70 in KCK

A woman died and two other people were injured after a police chase in Kansas City, Kan., ended in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 70 early Thursday.

The woman, who was a passenger in the car fleeing police, was identified as Chrissy Saale, 29, of Kansas City, Kan. The driver was identified as a 24-year-old Black Hawk, Colo., man, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The incident began about 12:20 a.m. when a police officer observed a suspicious vehicle near 18th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Kansas City, Kan., according to the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

Police followed the car, a Chevrolet Sonic, to a dead end. When the driver tried to make a U-turn, officers pulled in front of the car. They noticed an unresponsive woman in the car.

As officers approached, the driver drove toward police, hitting a police car. Officers pursued the car, but terminated the chase near the Missouri state line.

Kansas City police picked up the pursuit until the vehicle returned to Kansas City, Kan., at which time a Kansas City police helicopter continue to follow the car. The car drove the wrong way on Interstate 635 and then on I-70.

The car collided with a BMW 3 series shortly before 1 a.m. as it was headed west in the eastbound lanes of I-70 near 57th Street.

The driver of Sonic was taken into custody. The driver of the BMW suffered minor injuries.

The highway was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. The eastbound lanes of I-70 have reopened.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb