Sheriff's Radar Trailer Destroyed in Hit and Run Crash
WICHITA, Kan. - Sedgwick County sheriff's deputies are trying to determine who destroyed one of their radar trailers over the weekend.
The radar trailer is an unmanned mobile LED sign that sits on the side of the road and displays the speed of approaching vehicles. It's designed to be a speeding deterrent.
According to Lt. Dave Mattingly, the sheriff's office had one of their radar trailers set up in the 5300 block of East 47th Street South, an area where they had received complaints about speeding motorists.
On Sunday between 8:30 a.m. and noon, the trailer was struck by a vehicle. The trailer was moved about 100 feet from its original location, and was destroyed. Deputies say it was possibly hit by a Toyota pickup truck, but have no other specific information as their trailers are not equipped with cameras.
A damage estimate is not yet available, but Lt. Mattingly said it was worth thousands of dollars. He said it's the first time they've lost one of the trailers.
Investigators are working the case as a hit and run accident because they don't yet know if there was any criminal intent. If they determine there was intent, the case could be upgraded to criminal damage to property.