Sunday morning chase ends with vehicle crash

A 20-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Sunday morning on multiple charges after leading police on several vehicle chases and later fleeing on foot. The man was arrested in the 500 block of Oklahoma Street after crashing his vehicle near the intersection of Kansas and Montana streets.

The suspect’s vehicle, a 1993 Pontiac Bonneville, began to malfunction near the end of the pursuit, which ended when the car struck two parked vehicles.

“The driver tried to negotiate a turn going left,” said police Sgt. Michael McLaren. “He went into the yard and struck two vehicles located in a driveway on the left side of the street.”

After the vehicle chase ended about 5:30 a.m., the suspect fled on foot from police. Officers pursued him through the Parkhill Terrace residential neighborhood for several minutes before making an arrest at 5:35 a.m.

The incident began at 5:12 a.m. when officers attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation in the 2000 block of Iowa Street. The driver turned eastbound on 21st Street and accelerated, driving recklessly and blowing through stop signs, McLaren said. Officers terminated the original pursuit less than one minute after it began because of high speeds.

The vehicle was located at 5:26 a.m. near 20th and Rhode Island streets. When officers tried to reinitate a traffic stop it resulted in another pursuit, which was ended by the crash.

The suspect’s vehicle sustained front-end damage in the incident.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office booking log, the charges against suspect include fleeing and eluding, driving under the influence, open container, reckless driving, obstructing legal procedure, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended license.