A Kansas City, Kan., man is being held without bail at the Douglas County Jail after police say he kidnapped his ex-wife at gunpoint Friday and led officers on a high-speed chase through West Lawrence.
About 11:50 p.m. Friday, a police officer directing traffic at the scene of an accident at Sixth and Eldridge streets flagged a silver 2001 Mitsubishi Montero approaching westbound on Sixth Street, Lawrence Police Sgt. Paul Fellers said. The officer saw that the front passenger-side door was open and a woman was running away from the vehicle.
The officer approached the woman, who said she'd been kidnapped at gunpoint by her 24-year-old ex-husband. The officer sent a vehicle description out on the radio, and another officer spotted the car at 15th and Kasold streets, where he tried to pull it over.
But the driver of the Montero sped up, continuing west on 15th to Wakarusa Drive, where he turned south and drove to Clinton Parkway. The officer pursued, and during the chase, the vehicles reached high speeds, Fellers said.
It ended after the suspect turned west onto Clinton Parkway and lost control of his vehicle near the on-ramp of Kansas Highway 10. Officers found the gun in the car.
The suspect's 28-year-old ex-wife subsequently told investigators the following:
Her ex-husband had called earlier in the evening needing a ride. The woman took her daughter along to pick him up and wanted to take her daughter home before driving the suspect back to Kansas City.
"At that point, he pulled a small handgun out and said she wasn't going anywhere," Fellers said. However, she convinced him to take their daughter home.
While at her residence in the 3400 block of West Eighth Street, the woman called 911 and hung up because she wouldn't be able to speak with the dispatcher.
"Then he came in and grabbed her and drug her out to the vehicle," Fellers said.
The woman reported no injuries.
The suspect was taken by air ambulance to Kansas University Medical Center but was released Saturday evening and booked into the county jail on suspicion of obstruction of justice, felony flee and elude, reckless driving, kidnapping, aggravated assault and domestic battery.
His arraignment is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday.