KINGMAN - A high-speed police chase through Kingman Tuesday afternoon ended in a three-vehicle collision, sending one car airborne.
Mohave County Sheriff's Office Public Information Specialist Trish Carter said deputies responded to a call around 4:09 p.m. in the 2300 block of Ames Avenue that a male subject, later identified as Robert Edward Runner of Kingman, had stabbed himself in the chest during an argument with his wife.
Upon arrival, deputies noticed Runner, 34, leave the scene in a brown 2003 Chevrolet four-wheel-drive truck. Deputies followed him as he traveled at a high rate of speed through residential areas.
The Kingman Ranger helicopter was called in to assist and spike strips were set up ahead of the pursuit.
Around 4:15 p.m. in the 3800 block of north Willow Road, Runner veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on into a gold-colored 1992 Nissan that had been stopped along the side of the roadway for the oncoming MCSO vehicles, Carter said.
Kingman Police Sgt. Rusty Cooper said it was not clear if Runner ran into the vehicle intentionally or due to the stab wound. He added that it wasn't the result of spike strips because there were none in the area. The Nissan, occupied by Yolanda Near, 63, and Rob Saucier, 59, both of Kingman, was pushed back 60 feet by the impact.
Both suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. According to KRMC spokeswoman Jamie Taylor, Near was treated and released, while Saucier is in stable condition.
The head-on collision caused the truck to flip in the air and land on a second vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet passenger car driven by Jane Wilson, 50, of Kingman.
Wilson, who was stopped behind the Nissan, was not seriously injured.
Runner was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center for life-threatening injuries not related to the crash but rather to the stabbing, KPD said.
Taylor said he was then airlifted to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. Sunrise spokeswoman Twinkle Chisholm, however, said he was not a patient there. Cheryl Peirsinger with University Medical Center in Las Vegas also said Runner was not a patient there.
As of Wednesday evening, Runner had not been charged by MCSO or KPD. Carter said MCSO is still investigating the possible unlawful flight incident.
Cooper said KPD is still investigating the crash, and they are handling it as an aggravated assault.