Law enforcement report
¢ An early-morning car chase resulted in a broken fire hydrant and a road closure on Ninth Street from Iowa Street to Highland Drive.
Police first noticed the Mustang driving erratically at the intersection of 15th and Connecticut streets. The driver of the car refused to pull over and eluded police for more than two miles.
Authorities used a spike strip placed in front of Joe's Bakery at 616 W. Ninth St. to slow the vehicle to a stop. While traveling westbound on Ninth Street near Highland Drive, the car hit the curb and a fire hydrant. The suspect driving the car, a 28-year-old Leavenworth man, ran away, and officers caught and arrested him near the Hillcrest Shopping Center.
Before the chase, the man had posted a $200 bond after being arrested on drug-related charges Friday night, according to police and jail records. He was arrested a second time on 10 new charges, including two counts of eluding police, two counts of reckless driving and two more drug-related charges, according to jail records. He was released again Saturday afternoon on $5,000 bond.
The three other passengers in the car suffered no injuries and were released at the scene.
Water officials told authorities the accident caused low levels at the nearby water tower on Stratford Road. Barricades were ordered to block the flooded area on Ninth Street between Iowa and Highland as crews cleaned up.
¢ A vehicle accident about 7:30 p.m. Saturday caused damage to a power line near Trail Road and Kasold Drive. But Westar crews were able to repair the problem, said Battalion Chief Jerry Karr, of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. Karr said one person was reported injured but refused treatment from medics.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following fire calls:
¢ Smoke detector activation, malfunction, 12:52 p.m. Friday, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
¢ Alarm sounded, malfunction, 1:51 p.m. Friday, 615 Ohio.
¢ Dispatched to fire, canceled, 3:52 p.m. Friday, Sixth and Michigan streets.
¢ Hazardous material investigation, none found, 8:02 p.m. Friday, 1000 W. Seventh St.