A 17-year-old Topeka boy driving a stolen car and accompanied by a teen-age runaway led Topeka and local authorities on a chase through Lawrence early Saturday, sheriff's officers reported today.
Topeka officials notified local sheriff's officers at 12:05 a.m. that they were chasing a stolen car east on U.S. Highway 40 into Douglas County.
Sheriff's officers and Lawrence police set up at least five roadblocks on U.S. 40 and Sixth Street, but the Topeka teen drove through them.
At Sixth and Massachusetts, sheriff's officers reported, the driver swerved when a sheriff's deputy tried to pass him. The cars collided, causing minor damage to both.
Sheriff's officers reported that the deputy, Kenneth Fangohr, 33, other local officers and a Topeka police officer continued chasing the teen-ager. Another Topeka officer was tracking the car in a helicopter.
The teen led officers north to the Kansas Turnpike, which he entered going east.
The chase continued on the turnpike until the boy drove off the turnpike 15 miles east of Lawrence. The stolen car, a 1980s model Buick Century, went through a fence and came to rest in a field.
The boy was detained by Topeka authorities, as was his passenger, whose age was listed as 14 on sheriff's reports.