Archive for Thursday, April 4, 1996

CAR CHASE ENDS WHEN MAN GETS LOST

April 4, 1996

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Ever get lost in the web of new residential streets in west Lawrence?

So did a Lawrence man, who led four law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase that started early Wednesday morning in Topeka and ended in a new subdivision off West 15th.

Topeka officers arrested a 28-year-old Lawrence man without incident, according to Lawrence Police Sgt. Ray Urbanek. Urbanek said the man was taken to Shawnee County, where he was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant.

Neither the man's name nor the nature of the warrant was available Wednesday.

The chase began when a 1970s Camaro drove around a driver's license check lane set up in Topeka, Urbanek said.

Topeka police, Shawnee County Sheriff's officers and the Kansas Highway Patrol all eventually joined in on the chase.

About 1:50 a.m., the Camaro, which was heading east on U.S. Highway 40, entered Lawrence on West Sixth Street, and Lawrence police joined the chase.

The Camaro continued east on West Sixth Street, then turned south on Monterey Way.

It went through some neighborhoods, then turned back to the west on 15th Street, with several law enforcement vehicles giving pursuit.

The driver continued west on West 15th, past Wakarusa Drive. That was his undoing.

He was eventually stopped in the new Fox Fire addition, where 15th Street becomes a dead end, Urbanek said.

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