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3 arrested after car chase, crash

March 2, 2012

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Lawrence police briefly chased a stolen vehicle near the 900 block of Iowa Street on Thursday afternoon. Three suspects were eventually arrested after they fled the scene of a single-car, noninjury accident on private property in the 1200 block of Iowa.

Sgt. Trent McKinley said police were called to the area just after 5 p.m. when employees of a bank reported suspicious activity near the car. Officers found the car to be stolen out of Jefferson County with a license plate stolen from Lawrence. The three occupants led officers on a chase through the residential area between Ninth and 15th streets. McKinley said he quickly decided to stop the chase because of the amount of traffic and potential risk for uninvolved people in the area.

A few minutes after the decision to stop the chase, a resident in the 1200 block of Iowa called police to report that a car had hit a tree on his property. After hitting the tree, the three occupants of the stolen car fled on foot. They were not injured in the crash.

Police tracked down and arrested all three of the suspects after finding one near the car and two in a nearby house.

Comments

otto 3 years, 2 months ago

I understand the reasons for suspending a car chase to prevent injury. The other night a sheriffs deputy chased a stolen pick up in N Lawrence for about 10 seconds before calling off the chase. This will just create more people taking off during traffic stops - I dont know what the answer is but I can tell you what they are currently doing is not working for ^&*(.

jaywalker 3 years, 2 months ago

The answer is some sort vehicle immobilizer that will shut down a suspect's engine.

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 3 years, 2 months ago

sounds very expensive for an already pressed department

jaywalker 3 years, 2 months ago

compared to the expense to the city incurred by high speed chases combined w/ the increased safety of the entire populace, not so much.

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 3 years, 2 months ago

Felony eluding. Typically not just probation unless it was a first time offense and/or they weren't actually arrested for anything else in the incident

jaycat 3 years, 2 months ago

Yep probably transplants of that loser town to the east of Topeka. Seems everyone from that mub hole thinks they are from Johnson county. Get a life Jack

Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 2 months ago

Too bad they didn't have any basketball tickets to buy their freedom.

JackMcKee 3 years, 2 months ago

or maybe they did, but the seats weren't good enough.

Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, nosebleed may not cut it...you probably need something with a seatback...

Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 2 months ago

Someone should ask Khatib what the policy is on this sort of thing.

ksjayhawk74 3 years, 2 months ago

Meh, all they had were tickets to the Texas game. Now if it had happened a week ago and they offered tickets to the Missouri game, that would be a different story.

FiremanChris 3 years, 2 months ago

LPD does a great job of risk vs. benefit in assesing the viability of car chases. The people that are saying they should continue pursuits in busy areas of town are the same people that are going to get worked up when someone gets killed during a pursuit. They managed to keep everyone safe and still track down the suspects; a better job couln't have been done than that.

otto 3 years, 2 months ago

What about the stolen truck heading N on N 2nd street that the Sheriffs dept pursued to Midland and then called off at 2 am.?

I know it was for safety reasons to call off the chase, This situation does not apply to your description. I just wish there was some alternative.

progressive_thinker 3 years, 2 months ago

Chris: I have to agree that LPD does a great job of showing restraint in this sort of situation. The fact that the chase got called off does not mean that the offender got away. Good police work focuses on public safety, and that means not killing citizens whilst chasing criminals. The investigators will ultimately get them tracked down.

classclown 3 years, 2 months ago

I have a feeling the trio will turn out to be kids.

Unfortunately, I fear this article will unleash a plethora of idiotic comments about cuzins and biscuits and gravy as well as all the other moronic stuff that always shows up in these car chase articles.

Matthew Herbert 3 years, 2 months ago

simple solution that, if I'm reading the paper properly, apparently one officer has already tried: Once you catch someone who has fled either on foot or by car, taze their frank and beans. I promise, do that once or twice and word will get out. NO ONE will ever flee again.....

Matthew Herbert 3 years, 2 months ago

simple solution that, if I'm reading the paper properly, apparently one officer has already tried: Once you catch someone who has fled either on foot or by car, taze their frank and beans. I promise, do that once or twice and word will get out. NO ONE will ever flee again.....

progressive_thinker 3 years, 2 months ago

"Once you catch someone who has fled either on foot or by car, taze their frank and beans."

Once the police have someone in custody, there is an obligation for the police to treat the person in a humane manner, both under Kansas law [see mistreatment of a confined person] and at the constitutional level that would exclude "...taze their frank and beans.

Matthew Herbert 3 years, 2 months ago

tazing of the frank and beans has not been interpreted as an 8th amendment violation by the United States Supreme Court. Until it is, I say fire away.

progressive_thinker 3 years, 2 months ago

Fortunately, the law enforcement community has been successful [for the most part] at keeping folks with your mindset out.

ljwhirled 3 years, 2 months ago

Good work. Caught the responsible parties. No one got hurt.

Great restraint on the part of the officer involved. Good policy from our police department.

Hope they get a stiff penalty and straighten up and fly rite.

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