An elderly man luckily suffered just minor injuries after a short police chase ended with a stolen vehicle crashing into the man's rented house and igniting a fire Sunday night on 23rd Street in Independence.
The crash, which happened just about 10:30 p.m., knocked the house at 23rd Street and Haden Street off its foundation, apparently hit the gas meter and started a fire that destroyed the house. Officers quickly took the male driver into custody and assisted the elderly male out of the house before the flames fully engulfed it within a minute.
The owner of the house, Steve Garrison, said the tenant was sitting in the living room in the southeast corner of the house when the stolen vehicle, a Ford F250 pickup truck, came crashing in through the west side.
According to Independence police, the chase itself had lasted just one minute. Officers had been alerted by Kansas City Police that a stolen truck they'd been tracking was heading into Independence on 23rd Street. At 23rd Street and Noland Road, the suspect realized officers were behind him and started to speed away to the east.
The chase lasted just about one mile before the suspect driver lost control and the vehicle veered across 23rd Street, over the curb and into the house.
Police continue to investigate the incident, and charges are pending.