Suspects in two burglaries who led Lawrence law enforcement officers on a car chase early Tuesday ended up in Butler County Jail.
A 21-year-old man and a 16-year-old youth, both of Tonganoxie, were arrested on charges not related to the chase by Kansas Highway Patrol troopers when they tried to exit the Kansas Turnpike at El Dorado without a ticket.
A few hours before at 2:26 a.m. a Kansas University Public Safety officer had noticed a vehicle speeding away from the area of Gertrude Sellards Pearson-Corbin residence halls near 11th and Indiana streets, KU Police Lt. Schuyler Bailey said.
The officer also heard a car alarm sounding and decided to follow the fleeing vehicle, which sped away.
KU and Lawrence police trailed the vehicle as it headed west out of town on Sixth Street. Douglas County Sheriff's Office personnel tried to stop the vehicle by throwing tack strips on the road, Bailey said, but the vehicle drove around them and entered the Kansas Turnpike at the Lecompton interchange.
Police called off the chase west of Topeka, Bailey said. But the suspects continued to El Dorado, where about two hours later they tried to exit the turnpike without a ticket. As they were being questioned, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper arrived and arrested them.
Mike Stone, a detention officer at the Butler County Jail, said the 21-year-old man was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The juvenile was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, driving in violation of a restriction and no proof of insurance.