Police arrested a 22-year-old Lawrence man Wednesday night on multiple charges after a vehicular pursuit that included a minor injury accident.
According to Lawrence Police Capt. Ray Urbanek, officers started following a white Ford pickup truck near the intersection of 23rd and Alabama streets when they saw the truck nearly strike another vehicle. The truck did not yield for officers, continuing eastbound on 23rd and striking another vehicle, a maroon four-door car, near the intersection of 23rd and Barker streets.
Urbanek said one person in the vehicle the truck hit was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
The driver continued down 23rd Street with police in pursuit before pulling over at the intersection of 23rd and Ponderosa streets. According to Dan St. John, a witness who was driving westbound on 23rd Street at the time, officers approached the vehicle with guns drawn, pulled the man from his vehicle and made the arrest.
"I saw what looked like a routine traffic stop, but I noticed the front end of the truck was hanging down," said St. John. "I saw the officers were up with guns drawn, yelling through the driver's side door. Through my side mirror as I passed I saw them drag the driver out and pin him to the ground."
The pursuit started at about 9:45 p.m. and lasted less than five minutes. Urbanek said police were too far behind the suspect vehicle to gauge how fast it was driving at the time of the accident.
The man was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, driving without a license, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and felony attempt to flee or elude.