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Motorist who hit tree after police chase faces several charges, traffic violations

March 2, 2012

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Douglas County prosecutors have filed several charges and traffic infractions against a 35-year-old Lawrence man accused of leading police on a chase Thursday in a stolen vehicle and crashing it into a tree on Iowa Street.

Billy Joe Johnson

Billy Joe Johnson

Billy Joe Johnson faces charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving on a suspended license, two counts of theft, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and several traffic infractions, according to court records.

Lawrence police said they briefly chased a stolen vehicle just after 5 p.m. Thursday after employees of a bank in the 900 block of Iowa reported suspicious activity near the car. Prosecutors allege Johnson, who had two passengers in the car, led police on a chase through a nearby residential area between Ninth and 15th streets, but police called off the chase because of the amount of rush-hour traffic.

Minutes later a resident in the 1200 block of Iowa Street reported a car struck a tree on his property. The three occupants had fled on foot, and police later arrested Johnson at a house in the 2500 block of Oxford Road and took the two passengers into custody. Police allege the car was stolen out of Jefferson County and had a license plate stolen from Lawrence.

Comments

consumer1 2 years, 1 month ago

So, I guess People are through blaming Bush for everything that goes wrong??? I am surprised that this guy's problems aren't somehow blamed on Brownback.

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marshg 2 years, 1 month ago

Honestly, Marshal G poos his pants

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Liberty275 2 years, 1 month ago

He must not have been on a T-Bus route. Is there a bus to Topeka?

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Bruce Springsteen 2 years, 1 month ago

This clever boy almost ran down my wife and I as we walked home, crossing Emery at University Drive. If they'd like to add assault or attempted homicide charges, I'd be happy to oblige.

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doc1 2 years, 1 month ago

The real shame is you can commit a Felony and get away from police knowing they will call off every chase these days. Bad guys are learning this and the trend will skyrocket. Had this guy been a good driver he would have been riding away in the sunset with a smile on his face.

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mustrun80 2 years, 1 month ago

Uh, hopefully in a town as progressive as ours there will be another charge: wanton damage to wildlife/greenery. If you neanderthals think trees can't feel then you're wrong. This guy almost killed one!

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 1 month ago

From the picture, he's clearly a Mizzou grad.

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ljwhirled 2 years, 1 month ago

Same Johnson clan that used to live at 6th & Wakarusa (before anything got built west of Monteray way?)

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BMI 2 years, 1 month ago

Didn't happen to be a Escort?

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riverdrifter 2 years, 1 month ago

Ode to Billy Joe: Welcome to the Greybar Hotel.

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demonfury 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for printing his name, now how about the cops that fixed tickets???????

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matthew2600 2 years, 1 month ago

JackMcKee with a jab at Topeka. About as clever as Chad's wife jokes in Town Talk.

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JackMcKee 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm sure Topeka was somehow involved..

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