Jul 23, 2021 4:27 PM

Police: Alcohol a factor in Atchison teen crash during chase

Posted Jul 23, 2021 4:27 PM

ATCHISON COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Kansas teen on multiple charges after he was injured in a police chase and crash Thursday in Atchison.

Just after 11:30p.m. Thursday, an officer attempted to stop a GMC pick up truck driven by Christopher Horton, 15, Atchison at 10th and U.S.59 in Atchison for traffic violations, according to Police Chief Mike Wilson.

The truck fled from the officer northbound on 10th Street and because of the reckless driving of the fleeing vehicle police terminated the pursuit.

A short time later officers observed the pickup eastbound on Harper Drive at 8th Street.

Officers deployed Stop Sticks at 3rd and Harper Drive.  After running over the Stop Sticks, the vehicle still continued southbound on 2nd Street to Main and then westbound on Main where the pickup struck a building and the driver was ejected.

EMS transported Horton to Amberwell and then he was taken to a KU Medical Center.

When he is released from the hospital, the teen faces requested charges of fleeing and attempting to elude as well as reckless driving. Police believe alcohol to be a factor in the crash, according to Wilson.

Reports on the case are being submitted to the Atchison County Attorney’s Office.


ATCHISON COUNTY, Kan. —A Kansas teen was injured in an accident just after 12a.m. Friday in Atchison County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1998 GMC pickup driven by Christopher Horton, 15, Atchison, was westbound in the 1100 Block of Main Street fleeing law enforcement.

The pickup left the roadway to the north, struck a building, and driver was ejected from the vehicle.

EMS transported Horton to KU Medical Center. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the KHP. Police have not released details on what prompted the chase.