Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2012

Suspect in Lawrence police chase skips court date

April 26, 2012


A 35-year-old Lawrence man accused of leading police on a vehicle chase in March did not show up for his court hearing Thursday.

According to court records, District Judge Paula Martin issued a $2,500 bench warrant for Billy Joe Johnson’s arrest.

Johnson was charged in March with fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving on a suspended license, two counts of theft, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and several traffic infractions. Johnson, who was out of jail on bond, also faces a separate burglary case.

Lawrence police said they briefly chased a stolen vehicle just after 5 p.m. March 1 after a bank employee in the 900 block of Iowa reported suspicious activity. The chase went through a nearby residential area between Ninth and 15th streets before police called it off due to rush-hour traffic in the area. Minutes later the car, allegedly stolen from Jefferson County, struck a tree in the 1200 block of Iowa Street. Police later arrested Johnson at a home in the 2500 block of Oxford Road.


Grump 6 years, 1 month ago

They're going to have to find him, chase him and catch him again?

doc1 6 years, 1 month ago

And all he had to do was continue driving reckless and he could have gotten away. Great law we have. The trend of all the bad guys running because they know cops won't chase them is going to keep increasing.

pace 6 years, 1 month ago

How did Billy Joe Johnson make bond/bail? it isn't like he showed a tendency to obey the law. I wonder how much bail was?

Richard Weeks 6 years, 1 month ago

Billy Johnson you were a good guy at one time, what the hell happend ya clown.....

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