Police recovered two stolen cars Friday morning following two chases.
While looking for the driver of a stolen car that was abandoned Friday morning in a southeast Lawrence neighborhood, police became involved in a brief chase with the driver of another stolen car.
Police arrested a Lawrence man after another car chase in the same area, and investigators are looking into the possibility the thefts are connected.
An employee at Kwik Shop, 1714 W. 23rd, called police late Thursday after the driver of a blue-and-gray 1988 Mustang drove off without paying for gasoline. Hours later, at 3:12 a.m. Friday, police saw the vehicle and started a brief chase.
A dispatcher informed officers the car had been stolen from The College Motel, 1703 W. Sixth, about 10 p.m. Thursday.
A police report on the chase was unavailable Friday, and it wasn't immediately known where police spotted the vehicle. Sgt. Richard Nickell said police pursued the car for 15 seconds to 30 seconds. Soon after the chase, a resident in the 2500 block of Rawhide Lane reported the car drove into a yard in the block.
While responding to the report, officers near 25th and Harper streets saw a black Honda stolen June 8 from the 1000 block of Mississippi.
"It fled, and officers pursued them into the Allied Signal parking lot (2900 Haskell)," Nickell said.
Two people bailed from the car, and police arrested John D. Price, 33, on suspicion of possession of stolen property and fleeing and eluding police. He was released Friday afternoon on authority of the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. It wasn't known Friday why Price was released, but Nickell said police believe he was the driver of the Honda.
"We're investigating the possibility (the thefts) were related," Nickell said.
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