A Lawrence police chase Saturday traveled through three counties before the car was stopped in Lenexa.
The efforts of an off-duty Lawrence Police Department officer Saturday led to a 43-minute pursuit down the Kansas Turnpike and the eventual arrest of four people in Lenexa.
Two men and two women who had been in a stolen 1970s model Oldsmobile Cutlass were expected to be charged with forgery and drug offenses, said Sgt. Craig Shanks of the Lawrence Police Department.
The driver may face stiffer penalties for nearly running down a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper who was putting down "stop sticks," sharp spikes designed to blow out the tires of a car being chased, Shanks said.
All four people were being held Saturday evening at the Olathe office of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Shanks said officers were trying to identify the people.
The incident began shortly before noon when an off-duty police officer at the ASAP Convenience Store, 1802 W. 23rd St., noticed some people trying to pass what he thought was a stolen or forged check, Shanks said.
The officer called in a description of the vehicle and its license plate number, Shanks said. The plate had been reported stolen and so had the car.
Another officer saw the car at Harvard Road and Iowa Street and tried to stop the vehicle, which proceeded north on Iowa Street to the Kansas Turnpike.
With four Lawrence cruisers in pursuit, the driver drove down the turnpike at speeds of 75 or 80 miles an hour, Shanks said.
"If the speeds had been any greater, " we probably would have called the chase off," Shanks said.
The car exited the turnpike at Kansas Highway 7 in Bonner Springs and headed north before turning around and heading south into Johnson County.
At K-7 and 95th Street, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers who had joined the chase were able to box the car in and force it off the road, Shanks said.
Shanks said several of the cruisers received minor damage, but no one was injured.
The officers found crack pipes and about $500 in merchandise, including stereo speakers and beauty supplies, that had been bought in Lawrence.
"They did successfully forge checks at three other businesses here in town," Shanks said.
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