2 arrested after collision with Shawnee police in stolen truck

Officers at the scene of the arrest, where two men in a stolen van rammed a slow speeding Shawnee police vehicle. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.

Law enforcement arrested two Kansas City, Kansas men on Friday night after they used a stolen pickup truck to ram a police cruiser in Shawnee.

According to recorded radio traffic, at 7:26 p.m. a Shawnee officer reported that he had spotted a stolen Ford F-250. The officer attempted to lock up the truck on southbound Nieman Road, just north of Shawnee Mission Parkway.

At the scene, Sergeant Kasie Taulbert told the Post that the suspect driver drove abreast with the low-speed Shawnee police vehicle. The suspect then attempted to back up, backing up and damaging the front of another car in traffic.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office reservation logs show a man born in 1995 facing charges of aggravated battery with grievous bodily harm and reckless flight from a law enforcement officer. The second suspect, a man born in 2003, is charged with theft and a Wyandotte County warrant. Both men are listed as residents of Kansas City, Kan.

Sergeant Taulbert says the same truck escaped a Merriam officer earlier in the evening. She says the damage to Shawnee’s police vehicle is “very, very minor.”

Both suspects were held at the Johnson County Adult Detention Center in Olathe and are expected to be formally charged Monday in district court.

Mike Frizzell is a freelance crime and fire reporter who runs Operation 100 News.