Eudora police arrested a 46-year-old Lawrence woman on suspicion of DUI early Wednesday after she was accused of leading Lawrence police on a vehicle chase.
Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said the incident began at 1 a.m. when a Lawrence police officer saw a woman urinating in the street near 24th Street and Ridge Court. As the officer turned his vehicle around, a woman then entered her vehicle and drove away without her lights on. The vehicle stopped, but drove away as the officer approached.
McKinley said the officer pursued the vehicle for about three minutes in southern Lawrence at speeds of 40 to 50 mph. The driver was suspected of committing several traffic violations during the chase, and a supervisor called off the pursuit as the vehicle left the city near 31st and Louisiana streets while traveling 70 mph.
Eudora police Sgt. Chris Casagrande said about 1:20 a.m. an officer there made a traffic stop on the same vehicle at 10th and Main streets. The driver, Cheryl Lynn Smith, was charged in Eudora Municipal Court with DUI and driving with a suspended licensed. She posted $600 bond and was released from jail. Her Eudora court date is June 20.
McKinley said Lawrence police would submit information to prosecutors for potential charges.