Updated: August 14, 2012 - 6:14am
The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating after a man found sleeping in a van awoke and rear ended a Shawnee Police car this morning in Merriam.
Merriam Police say that around 4:40, Tuesday morning, one of their officers along with one Shawnee officer responded to the southbound Interstate 35 ramp to 75th Street on reports of a subject passed out behind the wheel of a van. The officers arrived and as officers knocked on the window, the man awoke and then drove into the back of a Shawnee Police car which had been parked in front of his van.
Police say that no officers were injured and after a brief struggle with the man, he was taken into custody.
During the incident, the Merriam officer was heard yelling "shots fired", a dispatcher and later a Police Department spokesperson confirmed that there were no shots fired in the incident.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation and working to determine what, if any, role alcohol may have played in the incident.
Johnson County Med-Act and Merriam Fire responded to the scene to assess the man. Police only say that he did not sustain any serious injuries in the crash or the short scuffle with officers that followed.
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