MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A 24-year-old Kansas State University student is facing several charges after officials say he went on a wild ride early Thursday morning, plowing through several yards and streets and into two cars.
Police say it started at 3:30 AM Thursday in the 1000 block of Fremont Street, not far from the Aggieville district. A Riley County officer was on foot in the neighborhood and spotted a silver passenger car at 11th and Fremont driving erratically and recklessly. When the car went through a few yards along Fremont Street, the officer tried to get the driver to stop but his efforts failed.
Next, the driver tried to go north on 10th Street from Fremont Street and ran into a parked car, police told members of the media Thursday. The car continued on despite the crash and the officer called in for support over the radio.
The silver car then went eastbound in the 800 block of the south alley of Fremont and the driver turned south on 8th Street, continuing through the intersection at 8th and Fremont without stopping. Riley County Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Josh Kyle says it’s at that intersection where the silver car T-boned a marked Riley County cop car, slamming into the side of the police cruiser.
Officer Josh Winkler was behind the wheel of the police vehicle. Lt. Kyle says Winkler was responding to the incident.
At that point, several occupants inside the silver car got out and fled on foot and Lt. Kyle says an investigation was conducted, leading to the arrest of the driver, Alex Johnson. According to Kyle, Johnson is a K-State student who lives on Leavenworth Street in Manhattan. Kansas State University’s web site lists the same address for Johnson and indicates that he is a pre-psychology major.
Johnson was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer (stemming from the accident involving Officer Winkler), DUI, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.
Officer Winkler suffered a sprained shoulder in the crash. He was transported by other officers to Mercy Regional Health Center where he was treated and released.
Johnson was taken to Mercy Regional Health Center by Riley County EMS for ankle pain. He was treated and released and Lt. Kyle told reporters late Thursday morning that Johnson was confined in the Riley County Jail on $5,000 bond.
When asked about the other occupants in the car with Johnson, Lt. Kyle responded that other arrests might be made in the case.