Wichita investigators say a deadly weekend chase began as a fight between a man and his girlfriend.
Police say 33-year-old Marcells Childs began hitting his 41-year-old girlfriend at her home in the 8700 block of E. Lakeland early Sunday morning. According to police, the woman's 19-year-old son tried to stop the beating before officers could get to the home. Childs threatened the son with a pistol and then left the house just as police arrived.
Officers tried to arrest Childs but he fled. When Childs wouldn't pull over, the officer stopped the chase at 21st and Broadway. Minutes later Childs' vehicle went airborne near Wichita North High School and struck a utility pole, snapping the pole in half. The truck came to rest in a high school tennis court, where the vehicle caught fire. Officers who arrived on the scene moments later pulled Childs from the vehicle and gave the man CPR. He later died at a Wichita hospital.