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Archive for Saturday, June 25, 2005

Man escapes from police

Suspect jumps out of cruiser, is recaptured

June 25, 2005

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A Lawrence man stunned bystanders Friday when he jumped with his hands handcuffed behind him out the back of a moving police car near the intersection of Sixth and Michigan streets and led officers on a brief chase through the afternoon heat.

After being arrested for a domestic disturbance at a home on North Michigan Street, Lance Dennis, 24, was being transported in the back of a squad car when he escaped and took off running.

"He opened the door and got out," said police spokesman Sgt. Dan Ward. "The doors have child-safety latches on them, and apparently the latch was deactivated."

Ward said checking to see that the child-safety latch was engaged was a standard procedure officers were supposed to follow before they went out on patrol. The log for the cruiser from which Dennis escaped was not available, Ward said, because the car was still on duty, so it was unclear whether the locking mechanism had been engaged at the start of the patrol.

After he escaped the squad car, Dennis ran through a parking lot and appeared behind Ray's Liquor Store, 1215 W. Sixth St., where a group of construction workers at McDonald's, 1309 W. Sixth St., saw him.

Lawrence Police Officer Leo Souders Jr., left, escorts a suspect who escaped from police in handcuffs after being arrested in a domestic battery incident. The suspect, Lance Dennis, 24, was arrested Friday near Fifth and Arkansas streets.

Lawrence Police Officer Leo Souders Jr., left, escorts a suspect who escaped from police in handcuffs after being arrested in a domestic battery incident. The suspect, Lance Dennis, 24, was arrested Friday near Fifth and Arkansas streets.

William Slavin, a worker from Carbondale, said Dennis was making good time - especially considering he was handcuffed.

"He was booking it pretty fast for having no arms," Slavin said.

Dennis then ran into the Arkansas Street entrance of The Woods apartment complex and was followed moments later by a police car, Slavin said.

Police surrounded the complex and began interviewing residents until they located Dennis.

Dennis was then taken to Douglas County Jail to be booked on charges of domestic battery, possession of marijuana and escaping custody.

Comments

smitty 8 years, 9 months ago

Just to put this in perspective...

The evening of June 25th on Mass street I asked a bicycle officer and a patrol officer who let the domestic violent offender escape. The reply from the patrol officer was "I refer you to the information officer for that." Without any encouragement by me the bicycle cop then further commented "In defense of the officer, the patrol car was a new one and did not have the locks installed yet".

Aren't the child safety locks factory installed equiptment? Why even give a reply/lie on a subject where the answer is so obvious? But that is what LPD do when procedures aren't followed even to the point of purjury while under oath.

I can't help but wonder if the offending officer is a name we all know form past publically disclosed embarassments to the LPD.

At last this time no one was killed.

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smitty 8 years, 9 months ago

"He opened the door and got out," said police spokesman Sgt. Dan Ward. "The doors have child-safety latches on them, and apparently the latch was deactivated."

Ward said checking to see that the child-safety latch was engaged was a standard procedure officers were supposed to follow before they went out on patrol.

In the evening of June 25th on Mass street I asked a bicycle officer and a patrol officer who let the domestic violent offender escape. The reply from the patrol officer was "I refer you to the information officer for that." Without any encouragement by me the bicycle cop then further commented "In defense of the officer the patrol car was a new one and did not have the locks installed yet".

Aren't the child safety locks factory installed equiptment? Olin's boys seem to think that is a viable explanation. Why even give a reply/lie on a subject where the answer is so obvious? But that is what they do when procedures aren't followed even to the point of purjury while under oath.

Sure hope this gets reported by the JW. It seems to me if I was told the truth then the JW can garner the information from the information officer.

I can't help but wonder if the offending officer is a name we all know form past publically disclosed embarassments to the LPD.

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small_fish_in_small_pond 8 years, 9 months ago

You can bet Ron Olin is conjuring up a cover up in the JR Giddens attack to protect him....

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smitty 8 years, 9 months ago

Seldom use spell check but I am sure that the meaning was not lost.

A cheesy reply on your part held over from yesterdays homeless street question. Why carry the negativity into today with this stalking behavior?

There is a long standing history in Lawrence over deeds of bad cops being covered up or skirted by the city manager and the police chief aided by lack of news coverage by the JW. I hold out hope that this story will disclose the name of the officer and why procedures were not followed.

Do you have any thoughts on the article that you want to express?

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Hong_Kong_Phooey 8 years, 9 months ago

Hey, Smitty...it's called "spell check". Look into it.

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smitty 8 years, 9 months ago

Citizens have a need to know...who was the officer that broke procedures and allowed for this escape? JW, we depend on you to inform us on important local issues as police incompentecy.

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