Archive for Friday, February 1, 2008

Suspect named in high-speed chase in Lawrence

February 1, 2008


A 23-year-old transient Kansas City, Kan., man was arrested Thursday night after a high-speed chase that ended in downtown Lawrence. Police also accuse the suspect of at least one carjacking.

According to Douglas County Jail records and Lawrence police, Edward James Wise was arrested and booked into jail at 12:30 a.m. today on charges of theft, aggravated assault, criminal possession of a firearm, aggravated robbery, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and eluding law enforcement, and failure to report an accident.

Witnesses and police reported that Wise had a semi-automatic pistol when he tried to run from officers near 10th and Massachusetts streets.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper eventually shot Wise in the back with a Taser, and officers could apprehend him. He was not injured, police said.

"I can tell you in a situation like that where there are a lot of people around, the Taser is a much better option because of all the people around. There's no bullets flying," said Lt. Art Wilburn, a highway patrol spokesman.

In the last year, the highway patrol has equipped some troopers with Tasers, he said, and the agency is trying to get more. Lawrence police also recently were granted funding to eventually start supplying some officers with Tasers.

Before Thursday night's incident came to an end, police said Wise led them on a dangerous chase and also hit several vehicles, but no injuries were reported.

A van was reported stolen in Lawrence in the evening. Later, Leavenworth County Sheriff's officers began chasing the suspect in the van at 9 p.m.

The chase returned to North Lawrence and south across town. Lawrence police said the suspect struck a vehicle near 19th and Massachusetts streets and then carjacked a woman's Toyota Highlander after she left the drive-through window at Dairy Queen, 1835 Mass.

The suspect then drove north toward downtown Lawrence and struck at least two more cars before he ran from police and was arrested.

Wise is expected to make a first appearance in Douglas County District Court this afternoon where formal charges will be read to him.


Jake Esau 10 years, 2 months ago

Shot in the back with a Taser while he had a handgun... he's lucky he didn't get shot by a bullet.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 2 months ago

Isolated incidents like this set the pro-homeless movement back a half-step. Now when I'm being panhandled, I have to wonder if he's packing a 9mm.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 2 months ago

Well, have there been other stories of homeless men packing heat in Lawrence?

bangaranggerg 10 years, 2 months ago

Ah, the transient beauty of youth. I think the Corrections Dept. may have found this man a home.

Staci Dark Simpson 10 years, 2 months ago

Embrace the homeless, they will treat our city with kindness and love. NOT! Get off the weed people, time to send the homeless packing.

nobody1793 10 years, 2 months ago

"Well, have there been other stories of homeless men packing heat in Lawrence?"

That's the beauty of the concealed gun law... you never know until...

conservativepunker 10 years, 2 months ago

Nobody, if he was carrying, it was illegally. There is NO WAY a "transient" could get a permit! And being the sort of person he is, I'm guessing, the background check would have disallowed him carrying. I know personally an employee of the Kansas Highway Patrol (non enforcement) that was denied a CCW permit due to an incident that occured over 20 years ago.

gabbo 10 years, 2 months ago

Hawk, I normally think you are bat-sh*t crazy, but in this instance, you are one hundred percent correct.



SeaFox 10 years, 2 months ago

nobody1793 (Anonymous) says: That's the beauty of the concealed gun law: you never know until:

Yeah, because if we didn't have that law, we'd immediately know if someone was carrying a concealed weapon or not. [rolleyes]

MississippiFrog 10 years, 2 months ago

I am reading this story and posts wondering why it hasn't gotten any more response than this. I mean, someone did have a gun downtown. Normally I have to scroll and read for several minutes to get to the bottom about a gun incident downtown. Oh wait, I know, if it had been about a hip hop incident downtown that involved guns folks would be all over it.

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