A 20-year-old Olathe man led Douglas County Sheriff's deputies on a chase down U.S. Highway 40 before he lost control of his car and rolled into a ditch.
Nabor T. Guerrero was first seen by a deputy about 8:30 p.m. Saturday slumped over the steering wheel of his Mazda 626, which was stopped across both lanes of the highway near Lecompton roadside park.
"It was like he was making a U-turn but halfway through his U-turn he just got tired and stopped," said Sgt. Blake McCall. "He's lucky he didn't get broadsided by a car."
McCall said Guerrero was apparently awakened when the deputy shined a light on him.
Guerrero then sped west, reaching speeds of more than 80 mph during the two-mile chase.
"He lost control on one of the curves and rolled his vehicle into the ditch," McCall said.
Guerrero was trapped in his car for about 10 minutes but refused treatment when medical crews arrived.
McCall said criminal charges are pending. Guerrero was taken into custody at the scene by Kansas Highway Patrol officers.
to perform Monday
The Lawrence Youth Symphony, with more than 80 students in grades seven through 10, will perform a variety of symphonic literature at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Central Junior High auditorium. This orchestra, sponsored by Friends of Music and the Lawrence school district, provides an opportunity for students from the district's four junior highs and the two high schools to join together to perform literature they don't have the opportunity to play in their own bands or orchestras.
Lawrence debate teams
place at tournaments
The Lawrence High School and Lawrence Free State High School debate teams traveled to two tournaments last weekend. At the Basehor-Linwood Invitational the FSHS team of Scott Smith and Molly Winter placed second. Brad Quellhorst and Dustin Patterson from LHS finished third. Ben Shear and Zach Thompson from FSHS placed sixth. Ann Goering and Megan Hochstein from LHS placed seventh.
At the Shawnee Mission East Invitational the team of Chris Bates and Justin Shmalberg from LHS placed fifth in the Championship Division. Thomas Holland and Colin Elwell from LHS were fourth in the Novice Division. The FSHS team of Craig Turnbull-Sailor and David Swayze was first in the Novice Division, while Jen Miller and Jasmin Messenger placed third.
The LHS debate team will hold its annual invitational tournament on December 4-5.