Archive for Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tased suspect says he will represent himself

A suspect who was tased and pepper sprayed by police after a brief car chase appeared in court for the first time Wednesday. The man is being charged with obstruction, reckless driving and drug possession among other things.

May 6, 2010


An Atchison man who was tased and pepper-sprayed by Lawrence police Tuesday made his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon.

Darian Richter, 20, declined to accept a court-appointed attorney. He instead told the judge he would represent himself.

Richter is being held in the Douglas County Jail on allegations of possession of marijuana, obstruction, attempting to elude an officer and reckless driving charges.

Sgt. Bill Cory, a Lawrence police spokesman, said an officer tried to stop the suspect’s car shortly after noon Tuesday, when the officer saw him driving recklessly near Seventh and New Jersey streets. The suspect’s car also nearly struck the police car, Cory said.

After a short pursuit from Eighth and New Jersey streets east to the city’s Kaw Water Treatment Plant, 1400 E. Eighth St., the man eventually stopped in the parking lot. But he failed to comply with an officer’s command to get out of the vehicle.

“After a struggle, he was taken into custody,” Cory said.

Richter is due back in court on May 10. Bail was set at $2,000.


Jonathan Becker 7 years, 11 months ago

He who represents himself has a fool for a client.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 11 months ago

or perhaps because of the ridiculous penalties imposed on those who choose to use marijuana, he felt that he had no choice but to run.

somedude20 7 years, 11 months ago

Hell this here good ole boy knows a thang or two. He knows that jail means free rent, gourmet meals, cable tv, air conditioning and being from Atchison, getting away from his overly obese wife/girlfriend and the trailer they share. Win win!

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm calling dibs on the popcorn vending stand outside his court hearing. Entertainment without the teevee tube.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

B_C, if you're gonna have the popcorn with cheddar cheese, I'll take a bag.

DillonBarnes 7 years, 11 months ago

How old is he? Video says 19, article says 20.

tellitlikeitis 7 years, 11 months ago

i can NOT wait to see what happens... this is an amazing story! LOLz

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

This has a higher Comedy Gold factor than anything I've seen on LJW in ages.

Mike Hoffmann 7 years, 11 months ago

The Kaw Water Treatment Plant is not located at 1400 E 8th. That is the Wastewater Plant.

Liberty275 7 years, 11 months ago

Your honor dude, they tased me, man. That was bogus dude. I forgot where my stash is, did you have see'd it?

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Court transcripts of the future, courtesy of libert275. :)

bearded_gnome 7 years, 11 months ago

it sure is!

so what in his 19/20 years has prepared him to represent hisself? he watch law and order criminal intent?

Cheeseburger: ya beat me to it. wonder if he'll change his mind when the wacky weed gets outa his system.

and, LJW, what about his killer dog?

BC, will you have the coke or the pepsi franchise there outside the courtroom too?

IndusRiver 7 years, 11 months ago

Well he's using good judgement in not accepting a lawyer.

When an LPD cop is speeding way beyond the speed limit - at least 70 mph - (no lights, no sirens) down Haskell, for instance, should I

A. Call the police B. Log on to LJW and see how many of the above idiots fail to appear for comment C. Assume that the cop is late for supper D. Feel better knowing it's a cop breaking the law

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