Police Identify Driver in Rollover Accident

TOPEKA, Kan. - The driver of the vehicle involved in the roll over crash in the 500 block SW 29th has been identified as Chad A. Ralph, 20 of Topeka.

The Topeka Police responded to a roll over crash in the 500 block SW 29th at 12:23 AM. Witnesses to the crash stated the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed traveling west on 29th before losing control just west of the intersection or SW 29th and Topeka Blvd and rolling. The car came to a stop in the park area between Fairway Drive and SW 29th.

When the 2002 White Pontiac 4 door did come to rest, teetering on its driver’s side against a tree, the passenger climbed from the vehicle and fled. Police located him a short distance from the crash intoxicated and bleeding from his right hand.

The driver remained in the wrecked car, as his hand was pinned between the roof of the car and the tree it rested against. Topeka Fire was called to the scene to assist with extrication and first responder medical attention.

American Medical Response ambulance service transported the driver and passenger to a local hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The presence of alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. Neither driver nor passenger was wearing a seatbelt. Related traffic charges are imminent.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at 234-0007; or, text your tip to Crime Stoppers at CRIMES (274637) and type “TIP128” plus your message.