KSU student arrested for drunk driving after hitting cop car

By Katherine Wartell

RCPD officers arrested a Kansas State University student after he struck a parked car and an occupied police car while allegedly driving drunk early Thursday morning.

Lt. Josh Kyle said that officers arrested Alex Johnson, 24, 1019 Leavenworth St., for aggravated battery, DUI and two counts of leaving the scene of property or damage after an accident.

Kyle said an officer who was patrolling on foot near 11th and Fremont streets at approximately 3:30 a.m. saw Johnson allegedly driving his vehicle in a reckless and erratic manner. He said the officer saw Johnson’s car slide around the corner of 11th and Fremont and drive into a yard in the 1000 block of Fremont Street.

The officer attempted to stop Johnson, but reported that Johnson allegedly drove through multiple yards before striking a parked vehicle while turning north onto 10th Street from Fremont Street.

Kyle said the officer radioed for back-up and Johnson’s vehicle was seen driving eastbound in the south alley of the 800 block of Fremont Street. He said Johnson then exited the alleyway onto 8th Street and failed to stop at the intersection of 8th and Fremont streets, striking a marked police car occupied by Officer Josh Winkler.

Numerous people fled from the vehicle, Kyle said, and both Winkler and Johnson were transported to Mercy Regional Health Center for shoulder and ankle pain, respectively. Both were later released.

Kyle said the Kansas Highway Patrol filed an accident report for the incident involving the RCPD patrol car, while RCPD officers filed a hit and run report.

Johnson is confined to the Riley County Jail on $5,000 bond.

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