A 40-year-old Lawrence man led Lawrence police officers on an early-morning chase that extended past city limits Sunday.
Lawrence police Sgt. Susan Hadl said a citizen alerted police to a possible drunk driver near Sixth and Kasold streets at 1:39 a.m.
Police located the man’s 1997 green Chevrolet at 1:55 near 15th and Kasold streets; he was driving without headlights. The vehicle was weaving between lanes and bumping into curbs.
The man refused to pull over, leading police on a low-speed chase, ranging between 30 and 45 mph, Hadl said.
After running through several red lights, police deployed spikes at 31st and Nieder streets and 33rd and Iowa streets; the vehicle avoided both spike strips. The driver proceeded southbound on Iowa, turning west on route 458.
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies set up spike strips near the Kansas Highway 10 bypass, which the driver struck, sending him into a ditch near the 1300 block of route 458, after he continued for about half a mile, she said..
Police took him into custody without incident.
Hadl said he was charged with operating under the influence, failure to yield, attempting to flee and “a host of other traffic violations.”
Police also served two outstanding warrants. Hadl did not identify the man, who was not injured.