Archive for Sunday, September 22, 1991

HIGH-SPEED CHASE ENDS IN TOPEKA

September 22, 1991

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A 21-year-old Marshfield, Mass., man riding a high-performance motorcycle at speeds reaching more than 140 mph led law enforcement officers on a chase Saturday morning that began west of Kansas City, Kan., went through Lawrence and ended south of Topeka.

A Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher said the man, who was riding a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, finally was arrested south of Topeka after he got off his motorcycle and tried to run away.

He was being held Saturday night in Shawnee County Jail on several speeding and reckless driving charges and faces additional speeding charges in Douglas County.

The man gave officers no reason for going so fast, the highway patrol dispatcher said.

The chase began at 8:29 a.m. Saturday after the man rode through the Bonner Springs interchange of the Kansas Turnpike west of Kansas City, Kan., the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.

As the man was chased by state troopers on the turnpike, he was clocked at a top speed of 146 mph. State troopers contacted their aircraft unit, which tracked the man after he got off the turnpike at Lawrence.

Lawrence Police Lt. Dan Affalter said Lawrence officers were sent to the turnpike gates in Lawrence to set up roadblocks, but the officers didn't make it in time.

Affalter said the motorcycle left the turnpike at the west Lawrence exit and went south on Iowa Street at high speeds. Lawrence officers followed, but lost sight of him about 15th and Iowa, Affalter said.

The highway patrol's aircraft kept track of the motorcycle as it went south of Topeka. Officers said the man got off the motorcycle about 9 a.m. in the 2600 block of 85th Street, which is located about four miles south of Topeka. Shawnee County sheriff's officers chased him on foot and caught him about 9:18 a.m., the dispatcher said.

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