Archive for Friday, February 24, 2012

Suspect in vehicle chase drives on railroad tracks

February 24, 2012, 5:11 p.m. Updated February 24, 2012, 7:01 p.m.


Police conducted a brief pursuit of a vehicle Friday afternoon near downtown Lawrence as officers were looking for a wanted person associated with a vehicle.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a patrol shift supervisor, said the pursuit began about 4:46 p.m. near Ninth and Pennsylvania streets as a suspect in a black older sport-utility vehicle drove away from officers. Police received an anonymous call that a person with outstanding warrants was associated with the vehicle.

The vehicle's driver then eventually drove onto railroad tracks near Seventh and New York streets and headed northwest on the tracks by the Riverfront Plaza, under the Kansas River bridge and eventually came back out onto a street near Fifth and Tennessee streets. McKinley said officers who initially were chasing the vehicle did not drive on the tracks, but they notified other officers of the location so they could pick up the pursuit.

As the suspect was headed west on Fifth Street, supervisors then around 4:55 p.m. ordered those officers to call off the chase in the residential area because the vehicle was driving about 55 mph, McKinley said.

Officers were looking for the vehicle in the area as witnesses said they believed it headed north on Michigan Street, he said.


James Minor 5 years, 7 months ago

Hmm!! I bet he doesn't anymore. Damn I love this job!!!!

Joe Hyde 5 years, 7 months ago

Some SUV owner might now be in the market for new shock absorbers, new tires, an alignment job involving new suspension parts, a new exhaust system and possibly a new pair of kidneys after bouncing that long a distance over so many railroad ties.

Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

Smart move by the police. This dirt bag wasn't worth an injury or worse. They will find him.

blindrabbit 5 years, 7 months ago

riverat: Still laughing my arse off; the kidney thing is crazy!

kusp8 5 years, 7 months ago

Kudos to LPD for calling off the chase, no need to injure innocent bystanders.

lfsswimmer 5 years, 7 months ago

Enough with the stupid ticket thing what is this grade school. Put yourself in the LPD Officers shoes. If the Community they are sworn to protect keeps making fun of this over a stupid little incident then what makes the officers not want to protect us anymore. Yes it was wrong but police officers are human also. Just because they are there to enforce the law doesn't mean that every once in awhile a officer is going to mess up and break the law themselves. Because most of the officers are out neighbors, friends, or family members and would you really want to trash them like this behind your back. Honestly we are all adults here lets grow up and act like the adults we truely are. Lastly this world is not perfect and no one in this world is perfect.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm glad I know what it takes for carte blanche in Lawrence. KU basketball tickets!

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

here all this time I was trying to use hundies. If only I'd known.

Randall Barnes 5 years, 7 months ago

the officer did try to chase the vehicle down the tracks but backed off after both front tires on the patrol car were flat.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

it's hard to drive on two flats, especially when basketball tickets are flying out if a car

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

Too bad BNSF did not have a train on this track. Would have fixed this problem for good.l

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