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.


filmmaker06 7 years, 8 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.

CreatureComforts 7 years, 8 months ago

Saw it too around that time...looks like the back of that second car got absolutely smashed!

superduper 7 years, 8 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?

BruceWayne 7 years, 8 months ago

I am slow as says east of clinton and kasold...everything I saw was west, closer to the brewery. anyone?

toomanypets 7 years, 8 months ago

You are correct. At 7:00am when we drove by, we saw one car on Clinton Parkway between the bank on the corner and the brewery, and the other car looked like it went over the little hill and hit a pine tree in the parking lot of LMH south.

nobody1793 7 years, 8 months ago

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

Clickker 7 years, 8 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!!

oneflewover 7 years, 8 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.

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