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Lawrence man faces several charges following high-speed chase

June 29, 2009


Multiple charges filed against man in high-speed chase

A Lawrence man faces multiple charges, accused of leading police on several chases Sunday morning. Enlarge video

Douglas County prosecutors filed charges Monday against a 20-year-old Lawrence man accused of crashing his car after leading police on multiple car chases Sunday morning.

Richard Demby had his first appearance in court Monday and was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude officers, obstructing the legal process, reckless driving and various drug and driving with a suspended license charges, court and jail records state.

Lawrence police said they arrested Demby at 5:35 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Oklahoma Street, after he crashed his car near Kansas and Montana streets, hitting two parked vehicles in a driveway, and then ran from officers.

The incident began more than 20 minutes earlier when officers attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation in the 2000 block of Iowa Street. Officers were involved in two chases with the suspect vehicle, after stopping the first one because of high speeds.

Demby is scheduled to return to court at 2 p.m. Wednesday. He’s being held in jail on $4,000 bond.

In December, District Judge Michael Malone sentenced Demby to three years probation after convictions of two counts of robbery in connection with an August 2008 incident.


rousseau108 8 years, 12 months ago

Wow, another example of someone getting probation for serious crimes (Robbery) and, surprise surprise, continuing with his ways. Thanks Douglas County Courts.

gsxr600 8 years, 12 months ago

I could swear he did some sort of armed robbery before the 2008 incident. I want to say it was when he was in our junior, maybe senior year of high school.

hooligan01 8 years, 12 months ago

It was his Junior year of high school that he did the first one. He and two other people used a knife and tried to rob some people on the bridge of the KS river. He was then arrested at the Dillions on Mass street.

been_there 8 years, 12 months ago

Wasn't he a football player in highschool? What a waste. DA and judges need to get tough, if you just keep giving these kids a slap on the hand, they won't stop. Seems he already had a second chance, that should have been it.

mdfraz 8 years, 12 months ago

Depending on one's criminal history, even fairly serious crimes are presumptive probation. If he had no felony convictions on his record, even a robbery offense would be a border box btw. prison time and probation.

I don't know his crimnal history, but you can bet his probation will be revoked and for the current charges his criminal history score will be higher. Without knowing all the facts, I'm guessing he will be prison bound when this is all said and done.

sarahsmilehawk 8 years, 12 months ago

Richard had a lot of potential. I'm very sad to hear about this.

beawolf 8 years, 12 months ago

"Richard had a lot of potential."....

as a NASCAR driver? As far as I'm concerned his hands should be cut off so he never gets behind a wheel again.

chipsahoy22 8 years, 11 months ago

he should have went to jail...this is ridiculous how someone with a history can just get off with probation. What is Lawrence coming to, I'm pretty sure I'm wont be living here for long.

LOVEMAHBOO 8 years, 11 months ago

Actually, Richard did have a whole lot of potential, i actually kno him pretty well... And just because someone gets in some trouble doesnt mean they dont have potential or are a bad person! In some cases yes all that is true, but not every case... what is the phrase, 'never judge a book by its cover'... that is oh so true!! that is exactly what you guys are doing in this situation you are all trying to judge this man by the stupid actions he made, yes there are consequences to everthing you do, and if you do something bad there will def be bad consequences, karma is oh so true,but you dont have to put someone down on the comments of the ljworld website expecially when they cannot even defend themselves.. If you have something to say about someone that is incarcerated then you need to write them in jail and let them kno what you think, dont be scared just because they are in jail,stand up for what you have to say about them, but at least let them stand up for themselves too... dont act hard on here and then punk out and not tell the person who its about what you have to say!! just be real, thats the best thing to do...!!! Lawrence kansas is not scarry or crazy at all, people are just tryna act more buck now then usual... Now try going to kansas city missouri,then you will kno what crazy is...

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