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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

KU student arrested on DUI, reckless driving charges after car crashes into residence

April 12, 2012

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People board up Cherry Hill Apartments, 17th and Tennessee streets, Thursday morning after a car crashed into the building about midnight Thursday, April 12.

People board up Cherry Hill Apartments, 17th and Tennessee streets, Thursday morning after a car crashed into the building about midnight Thursday, April 12.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on DUI and reckless driving charges late Wednesday after he crashed into an residence in the 1700 block of Tennessee Street.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said the man, Mitchell Ellis Friesen, about 11:50 p.m. was headed south on Tennessee Street and attempted to turn east, lost control and crashed into the residence.

A resident inside was sleeping and was knocked out of the bed by the impact, but no one was injured, McKinley said. People were boarding up windows at the residence Thursday morning.

Officers suspect that Friesen was intoxicated during the accident, McKinley said. He posted $500 bond and was given notice to appear in court April 25. Information was forwarded to Douglas County prosecutors, who are expected to make a decision about filing formal charges. Friesen is listed as a Kansas University student.

Comments

MarcoPogo 2 years, 8 months ago

Didn't that house on the corner just get rebuilt within the last few years? Jeesh.

Hooligan_016 2 years, 8 months ago

If it's the same one I am thinking of, yes, it burned down (electrical fire) a couple years back.

Ian Legler 2 years, 8 months ago

He was "arr"rested? Was he dressed in pirate garb?

Paul Geisler 2 years, 8 months ago

I believe it is relevant considering we live in a city which is literally & figuratively centered around the University. Besides, when a 21 yr old drives while intoxicated and crashes their car into a house on Tennessee St there's a pretty good chance a KU student was involved.

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 2 years, 8 months ago

Probably also suggests he's not listed as a Lawrence resident.

btownjhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Whoops!! Gotta watch out for those houses when you're driving... they'll getcha!

EJ Mulligan 2 years, 8 months ago

It is either ironic or appropriate that this incident happened on the same day the LJW ran this editorial:

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/apr/12/dui-deterrent/?opinion

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