A Kansas City teen has been charged in connection with a police chase beginning in Independence that ended in a two-vehicle crash with five people injured Sunday evening.
Jackson County prosecutors charged 18-year-old Dennis J. Mead III with a felony charge of resisting arrest. More charges could follow, as the case remains under investigation.
The crash occurred on Blue Parkway at Bellaire Avenue in eastern Kansas City, east of Eastwood Trafficway, when the suspect vehicle collided head-on in uninvolved pickup truck. Mean and a female passenger in the suspect vehicle, a gray Ford Escape later found to be stolen out of Kansas City, and three people in the truck all were injured and taken to hospitals, police said.
The chase started about 8:15 p.m., Sunday, according to court documents, when an officer on routine patrol along U.S. 40 in western Independence pulled into the Sports Stadium Inn parking lot, 9803 E. U.S. 40. The officer saw the Ford Escape parked with three pedestrians standing next to it, apparently conversing with the driver. When the officer started to pull into the motel's back lot, the Ford accelerated, hit one of the pedestrians and fled the scene.
The officer chased the Escape into Kansas City, as the driver quickly reached above 80 mph before entering that city and ran several stoplights. The crash happened when the Escape crossed the center line. The passenger in the Escape was ejected. Mead remained hospitalized Monday, but police had no other patient condition.
The pedestrian initially hit by the Escape told police he had walked toward some people in the parking lot because he needed a lighter. The vehicle hit him but did not knock him down, he said.
While an overnight temperature drop caused many ice-glazed roads Monday morning around the metro area, police said the roads were not in that condition Sunday evening at the time of the chase.