A Missouri man led Lawrence Police Officers on a high speed chase Thursday evening and ended up crashing his vehicle in a yard at 2215 Ala.
According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Craig Shanks, the man had recently purchased the purple Dodge Intrepid he was driving, but failed to return the tags to the owner.
The owner reported the tags stolen, and police officers attempted to pull the vehicle over at 9:03 p.m. in the 400 block of East 23rd Street.
The man refused to stop, driving to the corner of 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue before making a U-turn and then driving west on 23rd Street. Police called the chase off when the man exceeded speeds of 70 mile per hour going through the intersection of 23rd and Louisiana streets. The man tried to turn onto Alabama Street but ended up going through a yard and eventually crashing into a fence.
“We heard it all the way from upstairs, and he was cooking,” said Mason Juergensen, a KU student whose fence the man crashed into. “We saw the car in the back yard. It’s pretty crazy.”
The man exited the car and attempted to flee before being apprehended in a nearby yard by police officers.
Shanks said the officers had found the vehicle’s skid marks at the corner of 23rd and Alabama streets and followed the tracks to the crash scene.
Shanks said that the man had several warrants out for his arrest, including a burglary warrant. The man was arrested for these warrants, as well as driving while suspended second offense, reckless driving, obstructing the legal process, possession of stolen property, and fleeing and eluding.
His bond was initially set at $2,500.