Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2001

S OFFICERS ON CHASES

January 17, 2001

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The suspect initially escaped from officers after driving his car into some posts on East 27th Street, said Lt. Kathy Tate, sheriff's spokeswoman. Not all details about the incident were available, including the exact location where the chase ended.

The 18-year-old suspect later was arrested at his home, Tate said. A passenger riding with the suspect suffered an injury, but the severity of the injury and identity of the person were unavailable.

This was the second chase involving sheriff's officers in three days. An Ottawa man was arrested by police in that city after a chase early Sunday in southwest Douglas County. That suspect also fled the scene on foot after wrecking the car he was driving, officers said.

In the Tuesday incident, a sheriff's officer attempted to stop a car for speeding about 3:20 a.m. in the area of East 800 Road and U.S. Highway 40, Tate said. The driver refused to stop, leading officers on a chase south on Wakarusa Drive and eventually onto 27th Street, where he lost control of the car.

The suspect fled but was traced to his home. He was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of several charges, including speeding, driving under the influence, a minor in possession of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident.

Formal charges were pending, and the suspect was released on $3,250 bond, a jail official said.

In another incident, shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday an officer attempted to stop a car for speeding in the area of East 650 Road near the Franklin County line. The car struck an embankment near East 460 Road and the suspect fled into a wooded area.

Ottawa Police later found the suspect at his home. Douglas County officers cited Mark Osborne, 21, with speeding and fleeing and eluding. He was given notice to appear in Douglas County District Court, officers said.

-- Staff writer Mike Belt can be reached at 832-7165.

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