Douglas County prosecutors Monday charged James Edward Jackson, a 21-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man, with felony theft and not having a valid driver’s license after he was accused of stealing a vehicle from a party in the 2500 block of West 31st Street early Saturday.
The victim reported at 1:50 a.m. Saturday that someone stole his keys out of his back pocket, and he alleged he and friends saw the suspect drive away with his vehicle. Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said officers caught up with the vehicle near Kansas Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence, and a pursuit began. Douglas County Sheriff’s officers also assisted, and a deputy deployed spikes in the highway near K-10 and Kasold Drive.
Jackson eventually lost a front tire on the vehicle and stopped in the 3200 block of Iowa Street, where he was later apprehended on foot, McKinley said.
A judge set Jackson’s bond at $5,000 on Monday. Prosecutors on Monday did not charge him with reckless driving or fleeing and eluding police, even though he was originally arrested on those charges.