Feb 09, 2023

SUV struck Kan. deputy's patrol vehicle on a traffic stop

Posted Feb 09, 2023 12:00 AM
Corcran-photo Cowley County
Corcran-photo Cowley County

COWLEY COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities took three suspects into custody after a car struck a deputy's vehicle who was involved in an earlier traffic stop.

Just after 8p.m. Sunday, Corporal Roger Wilt with the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office was on a traffic stop in the 26,000 block of 85th Road, according to Sheriff Dave Faletti.

Wilt’s patrol vehicle had the rear emergency lights activated for other drivers on the roadway and was standing outside of his patrol vehicle speaking with the driver of the stopped vehicle when he saw a Red Saturn Vue approaching the area.

The Saturn failed to slow down, struck his patrol vehicle, and continued southbound toward 71st Road at a high rate of speed. Wilt pursued the Saturn driven by Kenneth Raye Corcran, 20 of Arkansas City.

As the Saturn approached 71s Road, Corcran appeared to lose control of the vehicle. It rolled on its side and came to rest on its wheels. All occupants of the vehicle were removed from the vehicle. Arkansas City Fire and EMS checked all occupants of the car. All refused treatment.

The deputy arrested Corcran on requested charge of Driving while Under the Influence, Flee or attempt to Elude, Criminal Restraint, Duty of Driver to report Accident, No Driver’s License, No Proof of Insurance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and reckless driving. 

A passenger, Daniel Laszlo Soproni, age 22 of Arkansas City, Ks. was arrested on requested charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  A second Aaron Christian Griffith, 23 of Arkansas City  was arrested on a requested charge of Failure to Appear Warrant and a fourth passenger was released at the scene with no charges.