A Meriden man led Lawrence police officers on a low-speed chase Saturday morning that ended with three deflated tires, a broken car window and a damaged police vehicle.
According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Craig Shanks, at 7:15 a.m. an employee of Motel 6, 1130 N. Third St., called to report difficulties with an intoxicated man demanding re-entry into a motel room in which he owed payment.
The man then fled, and the clerk gave his vehicle tag number to the Lawrence Police Department. Lawrence police found the vehicle driving near Sixth and Michigan streets and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver refused to stop continuing up Sixth Street at a slow speed. Police deployed spike strips flattening three of the vehicle’s four tires, but the driver continued traveling at a speed between 10 and 20 miles per hour. Police were finally able to bring the vehicle to a stop after it collided into the back of a patrol car near the intersection of Sixth Street and Kasold Drive.
Shanks said officers had to break the vehicle window open to apprehend the man. Officers found both drugs and alcohol in the vehicle.
Shanks said the man had prior warrants. The Lawrence Police Department arrested the man, 25, on charges of aggravated assault, criminal property damage, driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to flee/elude, transporting an open container, disorderly conduct and littering.