Archive for Saturday, January 29, 2011

Driver flees scene of rollover accident, arrested at home a short time later

January 29, 2011, 8:25 a.m. Updated January 29, 2011, 11:35 a.m.


Intersection of Clinton Parkway and Crestline Drive

Lawrence police arrested a 23-year-old Kansas University student early Saturday morning on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and operating under the influence following a one-vehicle rollover accident, Sgt. Susan Hadl said.

The incident occurred near the intersection of Clinton Parkway and Crestline Drive around 3:30 a.m. when the suspect drove his 2002 Ford Explorer off the roadway. The vehicle overturned and the suspect fled on foot, Hadl said. However, police arrested the man about 30 minutes later at the man's residence.

"We were sort of just waiting for him," Hadl said.

The suspect was the only occupant of the vehicle during the accident, and he did not sustain any injuries, Hadl said.

The man was booked into the Douglas County Jail and released after posting an $800 bond. The booking log lists the additional charges of failure to report an accident and reckless driving.


Bill Lee 7 years, 4 months ago

Maybe he just wanted to get in out of the cold.

woodscolt 7 years, 4 months ago

Maybe so, and after all they are just kids. Laws and proper public behavior really doesn't count with kids.

ralphralph 7 years, 4 months ago

Okay. Want to set the tone that says, "Leaving the see is a bad idea" ? Suspended sentence for the DUI, and 6 MONTHS in jail for leaving the scene.

C'mon, Judges and Prosecutors and such. Set the tone. All it takes is some guts and consistency. You can affect how people think about this kind of thing ... if you consistently give a harsh jail sentence to every person who leaves the scene of an accident or flees the police, people build up a collective awareness of those consequences, and the bad behavior is reduced. Try it.

The punishment for fleeing the scene should always be at least twice as bad as for staying.

fan4kufootball 7 years, 4 months ago

AND - if you leave the scene of an accident you are automatically charged with DUI so people will not leave to "sober up" before the alcohol test.

JayCat_67 7 years, 4 months ago

I've thought about that too. The only problem is how do you get a DUI charge to stick without the evidence? That's not to say, however, that the penalty for leaving the scene cannot be made as severe as a DUI.

conservative 7 years, 4 months ago

@misterlee i'll assume you meant suspended license and not suspended sentence.

RoeDapple 7 years, 4 months ago

(ummm, conservative . . . that was ralphralph)

ralphralph 7 years, 4 months ago

Nope. It must be WORSE to leave the scene than to stay. ... okay, not suspended sentence, but you see my point?

Punish fleeing harshly and consistently.

Send that message, make it part of our mindset ... make "running" double the pain.

Terry Jacobsen 7 years, 4 months ago

It wasn't that long ago that a drunk driver killed a bicycle rider in Lawrence. He got away with a slap on the wrist because he left the scene and wasn't available for testing until the next day. Now because of that travesty of justice, drunk drivers in Lawrence think they can get away by the same means. They think a tricky escape is the solution to poor choices and irresponsible behavior. I hope something gets changed about that loophole soon.

kansasredlegs 7 years, 4 months ago

No testing was necessary because the Driver admitted he was impaired. So, no slap on the wrist, he may not have done enough time to suit your justice, but he did time in jail. The parents of the deceased were on board with the arrangement so I'll take their sense of fairness over yours.

Do you believe a bicyclist should be charged with impaired cycling? Do impaired bicyclist get a pass just because he or she is rotating pedals versus pushing on one? Impaired bicyclists with no lights, running stop signs and weaving in & out of traffice are a danger to themselves and other motorists too. Such behavior can have life altering and life ending consequences. Just saying is all.

KSShy1 7 years, 4 months ago

How do we know they arrested him "SUNDAY" morning? So this is a story from a week ago? Just now reporting it?

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

Nope, it was early this morning. Shaun must be ahead of himself today.

Crystal Patterson 7 years, 4 months ago

There is no listing in the DG county booking recap for either this incident or the road rage one from earlier...interesting.

somebodynew 7 years, 4 months ago

Well CrystallKU, I saw the one for the road rage on the recap.

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

Crystal, sometimes it takes awhile for that site to be updated.

Shaun Hittle 7 years, 4 months ago

Yah, I must be a day off. Fixed it up.

I also hadn't seen a booking on it yet. But sometimes they just get scanned in later, etc.

Shaun Hittle LJW Reporter

Shaun Hittle 7 years, 4 months ago

They have the booking for this posted now, updated story with new info.

Shaun Hittle LJW Reporter

bearded_gnome 7 years, 4 months ago

I am glad the driver is unharmed, and most of all that he didn't harm anybody else!

"We were sort of just waiting for him," Hadl said.

driver stumbles home: "Hi! ... how ya' doin'?"

[bad boys bad boys ... whatcha gonna do?
whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
bad boys. bad boys."]

Susan Hadl, yu rock.

CHEEZIT 7 years, 4 months ago

"Think I'll go home now". "I'm kinda tired". - Forrest Gump!

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