Archive for Friday, September 3, 2010

Man arrested following road rage incident

September 3, 2010


A 31-year-old transient man was arrested early Friday morning following a brief road rage incident.

According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Bronson Star, officers were dispatched to the area near the intersection of Kasold Drive and Peterson Road about 12:40 a.m.

A victim at the scene reported driving in the area when a red vehicle drove past him at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle then abruptly turned around in the roadway and accelerated toward the victim's vehicle. The victim was forced to swerve out of the way to avoid being struck.

The suspect vehicle turned around again and headed north in the southbound lane.

Star said the victim pulled over and called the police. As officers were responding to the incident, they saw the suspect vehicle driving recklessly in the area.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle and the suspect was taken into custody. He was booked into the Douglas County Jail just before 1 a.m. on charges of aggravated assault and reckless driving.


consumer1 7 years, 6 months ago

Welcome to Lawrence, If you are hungry we will feed you. If you like to drink we will enable you. Then after you get good and drunk and are done terrorizing the citizens we will find you a nice place to sleep it off. Then please start it all over again here in Lawrence. Welcome!! Also if you run short on change to pay your cell phone bill please acost shoppers in the downtown area. Again, welcome!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

So you're saying that his incident was the fault of every homeless person who ever set foot in Lawrence?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

"Many on here will completely understand my point."

Sad, but true.

yankeevet 7 years, 6 months ago

I understand you consumer 1; just forget that piewack cat..................

parrothead8 7 years, 6 months ago

What are you talking about? consumer1 is the one saying that this is someone else's fault. Instead of blaming the idiot who decided to drive recklessly and try to run someone down, he's blaming society for enabling the idiot.

This incident is nobody's fault but the idiot's.

jafs 7 years, 6 months ago


But I think it's in our best interests as a society to structure helpful programs so that they don't enable people, but actually help them make better choices.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

I agree. But the upfront costs of doing so are higher. And even though the return on investment would be much greater, penny-wise, pound foolish is one of the characteristics of what passes for "conservative" these days.

jafs 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm not sure you have to spend more money, necessarily - I think it's also a matter of how things are done.

For example, a shelter can either accept people who are drunk or not do so - either choice can be made without extra money.

One can argue that accepting them is a form of enabling, and not accepting them is a better choice.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

I don't really see shelters as anything but an emergency measure, and we really shouldn't need very many of them simply because it's inexcusable that anyone in this country is homeless.

But the Schadenfreude that, thanks to Fox, Rush, et al, has become a major tenet of teaparty conservatism pretty much ensures that we'll have an ever increasing number of homeless over the coming years (including, ironically, lots of folks who are now among the most ardert t-partiers.)

Chronically drunk or addicted homeless people are mentally ill (even if they didn't start out that way.) They need more than just a place to pass out between drunks/fixes. Providing that would be expensive, but really not much more expensive than what we now have--- not if you put any value on pointlessly wasted lives.

BigAl 7 years, 6 months ago

Good one parrothead. Absolutely right. Some people seem to have a problem understanding simple concepts. An idiot got behind the wheel of a car, lost his temper and basically attacked another motorist. He got himself arrested. Good. No liberals. No conservatives. No nothing.

werekoala 7 years, 6 months ago

Well, it certainly makes their transience easier, LOL.

But seriously, the last time I talked to a (hammered drunk) homeless guy, he told me he came here from Oklahoma City because, and I quote, "I heard Lawrence is a great place to be a drunk"

I'm not sure that's the reputation we should be striving for...

Thinking_Out_Loud 7 years, 6 months ago

And you take the word of a "hammered drunk guy" at face value?

NTBC 7 years, 6 months ago

"Know one has really has a lock on what 'truth" is, it is only an opinions for the self-righteous to claim faux superiority !"

--did you seriously write "know one", "has really has", and "an opinions"?? Are YOU drunk?

blindrabbit 7 years, 6 months ago

Suggest that the City in cooperation with the Drop In Shelter provide a fleet of "transient use" vehicles. Cars would be donated by the City from those seized in drug raids etc. Can you imagine the difficulties that transient individuals have in getting around; especially if bus service does not reach their desired destination. This would solve several problems: 1) provide transportation, 2) put seized vehicles back on the road, 3) provide good will to individuals, 4) lessen the likelihood of stolen cars, 5) provide a means to go outside the community to recruit new transients. This would encourage new population to help increase the census count; we need all the people count we can get to help with representation and federal funding.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 6 months ago

I get your point Con1.

was transientman attracted to lawrence by the support for lifestyle bums in this community?

crime is concentrated among the lifestyle bums. and so we in Lawrence pay the price for their lifestyle. Ag Assault and Reckless Driving, ... nice. I'm just glad nobody had to go to the hospital. bill the drunk/druggie shelter downtown for all the costs associated with transientman!

such a shelter brings this kind of transient to our community. yes, there are people who deserve help who are homeless not by choice. but there are a lot of bums like transientman who shouldn't get help. too many here get help who have: no local connection or history; aren't making choices to end their own self destruction.
so, transientman and other criminal bums are just enabled by the support they get here.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 6 months ago

But wait! this transientman is innocent, according to the article:

Star said the victim pulled over and called the police. As officers were responding to the incident, they saw the suspect vehicle driving recklessly in the area.

---ah, the "suspect vehicle" was driving recklessly, not transientman! the bum is obviously being railroaded! free the bum!
besides the "suspect vehicle" is probably an eeeevilll SUV, you know they're all out to kill us!
it was the vehicle driving recklessly, not transientman!

Ceallach 7 years, 6 months ago

I believe that is because we are frantically dodging the talkers/testers that drive around oblivious to their surroundings. They can even make Celts rage . . which is quite difficult to do since we are a people known for our even temperament.

funkdog1 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm confused as to how "transient" is pertinent to this story ... would it have said that a 31 year old accountant with road rage was taken into custody? Or a 31 year old stay at home mom? Or a guy from Florida?

Kris_H 7 years, 6 months ago

He called attention to himself, didn't he.

It's getting cold out there at night.

rcampbell 7 years, 6 months ago

As consumer1 states - Lawrence is a great place to enable the patronizing of our great local bars and restaurants - now how about a great public transit system to help get them home? Oh yeah, we can't even remember to fund the bus in our budget. Thanks city council members! You've got the future of Lawrence well in hand!

Lisa Rasor 7 years, 6 months ago

I think "transient" in this case means the man may not have a permanent address. But that doesn't mean he's not from Lawrence, nor that he's what people typically think of as "homeless." Lots of folks spend years couch-surfing with friends.

Northsidegirl 7 years, 6 months ago

catiefan, you are right on the money regarding the permanent address issue. And him being from Lawrence. Many of you are jumping to conclusions about this incident and I think it is fair to say that he needs some help.

Brian Laird 7 years, 6 months ago

"A victim at the scene reported driving in the area when a red vehicle drove past him at a high rate of speed"

Editor: One of my pet peeves. Speed is already a rate (distance/time), so "rate of speed" is incorrect and cumbersome.

Why not be concise and just say "at high speed".

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