Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2010

Police searching for driver from car chase

A car chase that ended near Clinton Parkway and Kasold left police searching for a driver who fled on foot.

September 9, 2010, 6:34 a.m. Updated September 9, 2010, 11:33 a.m.


One person was taken to the hospital, and Lawrence police are searching for several suspects after a vehicle chase ended early Thursday in west Lawrence.

Officers believe the chase is related to a burglary and stolen vehicle reported earlier Thursday in central Lawrence, said Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman.

Sarna gave this account of the incidents:

• Four female residents and two male visitors at a home in the 400 block of West 13th Street heard a noise downstairs at 3:30 a.m. and called police. They saw two men wearing dark shirts run north from the residence.

• Two hours later, police were called back to the area because a car alarm was sounding, and a black Jeep Liberty belonging to one of the burglary victims had been taken. Witnesses observed two men drive off with the Jeep.

• Minutes later, a patrol officer noticed a black Jeep Liberty in the parking lot at Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd.

• The driver — with no passengers — fled, striking the front of a patrol car south of the intersection of 23rd Street and Naismith Drive. Police pursued the vehicle west on 23rd Street, which becomes Clinton Parkway west of Iowa Street.

• Just east of Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive, the driver jumped out of the passenger-side door while the Jeep was still moving. The vehicle struck the back of a Jeep Cherokee, driven by a 42-year-old Overland Park resident, who was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Sarna said.

• The black Jeep Liberty without a driver eventually struck a tree south of Clinton Parkway.

• The driver who jumped out ran north. He is described as a black man in his late teens to 20s, 6-feet tall, weighing 180 to 190 pounds, and wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans.

Police continue to search for suspects, and no arrests have been made.

Julie Boyle, a Lawrence public schools spokeswoman, said Sunflower School, 2521 Inverness Drive, as a precaution had a staff member standing at the front door monitoring traffic into the building Thursday morning.

Anyone with information in the case can call Crime Stoppers at 843-TIPS.


fester0420 3 years, 7 months ago

so that's where i left my car


consumer1 3 years, 7 months ago

I'll be the first to say it. Check highway 40 leading toTopeka.


Robert Burnham 3 years, 7 months ago

Jumped out of a moving car, eluded the cops and ran from the scene and hasn't been caught! Can we sign him up for the KU football team?


oneflewover 3 years, 7 months ago

So as I understand they were worried about the perp entering a school a mile away? Come on people. One in a million chances.


arcanethought 3 years, 7 months ago

how could they hear anything with all the noise they was makin?


Clickker 3 years, 7 months ago

"Four female residents and two male visitors at a home in the 400 block of West 13th Street heard ...."

You have to admit....that looks pretty interesting!!


nobody1793 3 years, 7 months ago

Nothing good ever happens after 5 AM... :\


superduper 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm slow...So the black car was disabled then got struck from behind by the car being pursued? When I drove by at 8:15 the lights on the black car were still on. With a rear end like that you would think disconnecting the battery would be a good move. I assume the car being pursued was disabled and taken away by tow truck.

Was the black cars driver in the car at the time?


filmmaker06 3 years, 7 months ago

I drove by and saw the car that got hit, looks like they still had the search area up as of 7:15 am.


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