A Wichita man was arrested on Friday after a routine traffic stop for a speeding violation turned into a high-speed chase on K-15. The chase concluded with a wreck that resulted in minor injuries and a DUI arrest.
Wichita resident Cory Clem was first seen driving recklessly on Buckner Street just before 8 p.m. on Friday, Deputy Police Chief Brandon Russell said. After spotting Clem driving dangerously, a Derby police officer attempted to pull Clem over. Clem then began to speed up, and the officer began pursuit, Russell said.
The chase continued for a short time until ending after Clem rear-ended another vehicle. The collision caused minor injuries, Russell said. The wreck happened near the K-15 and Patriot Street intersection, which was blocked off following the collision.
The entire incident did not last more than five minutes, Russell said.
Clem was arrested just before 8 p.m. for aggravated battery, fleeing or eluding law enforcement, driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without a license.
Russell said that the incident could have been avoided if Clem would’ve decided to not drink and drive.
“This shows the dangers of making that choice to drive while under the influence,” Russell said. “If you’re going to drink, don’t drive.”