Archive for Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Semitrailer driver leads law enforcement on low-speed chase

August 15, 2012, 11:55 p.m. Updated August 17, 2012, 11:45 a.m.


A semitrailer driver led Kansas law enforcement on a chase for an hour and 15 minutes through at least four counties Wednesday evening.

Just after 8 p.m., the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call that an erratically driving semitrailer was leaving Douglas County on U.S. Highway 59. Franklin County Sheriff’s officers made contact with the semi on Interstate 35 near the 183 exit and pursued after the semi failed to stop. Spike strips were deployed as it entered Osage County, but the strips failed to stop the vehicle. A second set of spike strips was then deployed as the vehicle entered Coffey County, where it was eventually stopped at 9:49.

Jerrod Fredricks, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said that the driver never exceeded 55 miles per hour during the chase and was suffering from an undisclosed medical condition. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday night.


mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

Might have been a diabetic with a blood sugar drop ? They will act & drive, as if drunk,... or in a dream somewhere else ?

Give them a glass of real orange juice & they would probably sober right up, in a few minutes !


Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 8 months ago

The truck version of Knight Rider where Tik takes the driver for a ride despite his protests. When finally stopped by the police the driver protests, "But officer, Tik put something in my coffee, I have a medical condition." Answer: "Now I know why they talk about you like you can walk on water. Because s..t floats."


Fatty_McButterpants 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm pretty sure it was the DRIVER of the semi-trailer truck that lead police on a chase; you know, unless it was an enchanted semi-trailer...


RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

Been there, done that . . . . Well, not the police chase part . . .


Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 8 months ago

Oh lord:

Semi-trailer truck: A semi-trailer truck, also known as a semi, tractor-trailer, truck and trailer, transfer truck, 18-wheeler, mack truck, big rig (US), transport (Canada), artic (UK and Ireland), or lorry (UK), is an articulated vehicle consisting of a towing engine (tractor in the United States, prime mover in Australia or truck in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand), and a semi-trailer (plus possible additional trailers) that carries the freight. A semi-trailer does not trail completely behind the towing vehicle, but is attached at a point that is just forward of the rear-most axle of the towing unit, so that some fraction of the weight of the trailer is carried by the prime mover, with most of that at the rear axle(s) and a small amount at the front axle(s) of the prime mover. This arrangement requires both tractor and semi-trailer to be distinct in design from a rigid truck and trailer.


Stacy Napier 1 year, 8 months ago


as you should know you can not use the word in the defintion of the word.

A semitrailer is just that, A Trailer. It does not contain any motor to propel it. It also does not contain front wheels. That makes it a 'semi' trailer. In contrast a full trailer does not need suport or rest on the towing unit.

Either way it is a trailer. You can not drive a trailer, only pull it.

The reporters are incorrectly using the word.


somedude20 1 year, 8 months ago

"....suffering from an undisclosed medical condition." Wow, this "undisclosed medical condition" crap is worse than bath salts. First, it made an ex-copper grab his gun and shoot and now it made a cat pull an OJ (slow moving chase) City, people, cats and dogs of Lawrence, we must unite to stop this trend before it becomes as big a problem as the voter fraud that we are facing in the great state of Kansas. Governor Brownback, if every a time for prayer was upon us, then that time is now!


deec 1 year, 8 months ago

You might want to edit this story. A semi-trailer is the back part of the truck.


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