Police arrest suspect who hit police car, then fled on wheels and foot

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- After reportedly stealing a truck in Independence, then hitting a police cruiser with that truck, the driver led police on a high speed choice into Kansas City, Kan., where he stopped and jumped out near KU Med Center at Lake and Fisher Avenues Tuesday morning, but was later arrested Tuesday evening.

Gene F. Madden (photo courtesy of Independence Police)

Gene F. Madden (photo courtesy of Independence Police)

FOX 4 crews on the scene reported dozens of police cars in the area, looking for the suspect, who was identified as 39-year-old Gene F. Madden of Lee's Summit,  in a heavily-wooded area. They include state troopers, police from KCMO and KCK, as well as Fairway.

The pursuit of Madden started in Missouri near I-70 and Noland Rd., where Madden allegedly hit a police cruiser. Madden then fled into Kansas on I-35, where he reportedly got off on Southwest Boulevard, drove to Fisher and Lake and bailed out of the truck. Speeds were reportedly somewhere between 85 and 100 mph.

FOX 4's Kerri Stowell reported police proceeded cautiously into the wooded area to look for the man, but at about 10:10 a.m., police began breaking down the perimeter around Fisher Park.

Police say they arrested Madden after he went to KU Medical Center for treatment Tuesday evening. Madden was charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest. He is currently being held with a cash only bond set at $100,000.

The patrol cruiser in Independence has minor damage to the front bumper, according to police. There was no one inside the police unit at the time.

 

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