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High-speed chase ends with crash

The final resting place of the purple Dodge Intrepid that lead Lawrence police on a high speed chase. The vehicle came to a stop after colliding with a fence.

The final resting place of the purple Dodge Intrepid that lead Lawrence police on a high speed chase. The vehicle came to a stop after colliding with a fence.

October 12, 2012, 12:52 a.m. Updated October 12, 2012, 9:31 a.m.

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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.

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John Spencer 1 year, 11 months ago

Sometimes I try to Kentucky, but then I Tennessee.

"The man tried to Alabama Street but ended up going through a yard and eventually crashing into a fence."

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alex_garrison 1 year, 11 months ago

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Astrunk 1 year, 11 months ago

Nice pick up. Yeah missed a couple of words there.

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 11 months ago

A career criminal. Put him behind bars before he kills someone.

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jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

Life sentence would do it, right?

After all, we don't need the space or resources for violent criminals, like rapists and murderers.

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 11 months ago

How about actually holding him accountable for the crimes he's actually committing, instead of a plea bargain that results in probation followed by a plea bargain that results in probation followed by a plea bargain that results in probation. Then, shock of shocks, a crime is committed that results in a death and we all wonder how was it allowed to get to this point.

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jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

That's fine with me.

But, if we really want to reduce crime, we also have to deal with the causes and preventive measures, not just on punishment after the fact.

Personally, I'd prefer to see us develop programs that reduce recidivism, rather than just jailing people for non-violent offenses.

What if we put him in jail, and then he serves his sentence, comes out and then kills somebody?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

"Shanks said that the man had about $14,000 worth of warrants out for his arrest,"

Since when do warrants have a dollar amount applied to them?

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Mike Frizzell 1 year, 11 months ago

I believe Sergeant Shanks is referring to the bond amount on the warrants.

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Elizabeth Stancliffe 1 year, 11 months ago

Given the dangerousness of high speed chases, I think Lawrence needs to outlaw and/or more tightly regulate their use, as do other cities. This was not a good enough reason to endanger lives by engaging in a chase, in my opinion.

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Topple 1 year, 11 months ago

Police called the chase off when the man exceeded speeds of 70 mile per hour going through the intersection of 23rd and Louisiana streets.

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purplesage 1 year, 11 months ago

Amen top that. Did anyone see the woman interviewed by KCTV whose son died after being struck by a pursued vehicle a few years back? Almost happened to her. That was Independence, MO whose pd has a reputation for that sort of thing. No sense in it. None at all.

As to the dollars and the warrants and the fines that may result: the primary thing the court cares about is getting paid.

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redherring 1 year, 11 months ago

You cannot be serious! Some jerk drives recklessly, kills someone, and you say the COPS are at fault? What is their option? Just let folks drive recklessly????

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Missingit 1 year, 11 months ago

They ended the chase fairly quickly if it started at 23rd and Haskell and the called it off at 23rd and Louisiana and speeds got to 70mph. KHP would still be chasing them!

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John Spencer 1 year, 11 months ago

It has been for a very long time.

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 11 months ago

Driving 70+mph through 23rd & Louisiana -- one of the most congested intersections in Lawrence -- is a recipe for disaster. At that velocity, had there been a collision any number of innocent drivers, passengers, cyclists, pedestrians could have been killed. The pursued vehicle might even have ricocheted into pumps and refueling vehicles at the BP station on the southwest corner and ignited a conflagration.

Makes you wonder if, by failing to return the license plate to the previous owner, this gentleman intended to use his newly-purchased vehicle in the commission of a burglary on the Kansas side of the state line. Having the previous owner's license plates still on the vehicle (illegally) might have come in handy when departing the scene of the crime. Could be he's used this bogus plate method before, as camouflage. It might be profitable to examine his history of vehicle ownership to see if there's a link between earlier purchases and unsolved burglaries.

Good job by the previous owner, to have so quickly reported the tags stolen. Good job by Lawrence PD in spotting then grabbing this guy.

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Angel Gillaspie 1 year, 11 months ago

Shaun Hittle & Adam Strunk, making allusions is not a crime. He was "eluding" police, not alluding. Doesn't the L J-W own a dictionary? Geez, I wish they still taught grammar & usage of the English language in schools nowadays...

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shaunepec 1 year, 11 months ago

Agilla, Solomon; Obviously, you are correct that we used the incorrect term in the story, and it's been fixed.

Sometimes, in an effort to provide up-to-date information on breaking news, grammatical errors occur. We try our best not to let that happen, but from time to time, it does. This happens most often in online breaking news when sometimes copy editors have yet to take a look, as they do before it runs in the paper.

Shaun LJW

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Lisa Rasor 1 year, 11 months ago

Shaun, I do understand that sometimes spelling/grammatical errors occur, but they happen with distressing frequency both in the LJW print and on-line editions. Sometimes I wonder if all the copy editors have been laid off, or whether the LJW even cares anymore.

Proper grammar and good spelling should be second nature to a journalist who has to dash off copy for breaking news. Failing that, there is good software out there now to help with grammar and spelling. There is no good excuse for some of the errors I see in the LJW every single day.

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MarcoPogo 1 year, 11 months ago

"Distressing"??? It might be time to take a deep breath or two.

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Dan Rose 1 year, 11 months ago

You should read the Topeka Capital-Journal... it's like a High School Yearbook staff writes for them...

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Take_a_letter_Maria 1 year, 11 months ago

Now why do you have to go dogging on high school kids? :-)

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Topple 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh the humanity!

I bet you'd enjoy being criticized at your job with such sarcastic and snide remarks.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 11 months ago

What does Delaware? A dress. What does Idaho? Her garden. Where has Oregon? I don't know. What does Tennessee? Alaska. I am Illinois, so shut up. - -

Oh, what did Delaware, boys? Oh, what did Delaware? I ask you now as a personal friend, what did Delaware?

She wore her New Jersey, boys. She wore her New Jersey. I tell you now as a personal friend, she wore her New Jersey.

Oh, what does Iowa? She weighs a Washington. Oh, what does Idaho? She hoes her Maryland. Oh, what does Tennessee? She sees what Arkansas. Oh, where has Oregon? She's gone to Oklahoma. Oh, what did Massa-chew? She chewed her Connecti-cud. Oh, how did Flori-die? She died in Missouri.

Why did Cali-phone? Why did Cali-phone ya, Was she all alone? She phoned to say "Hawaii" She phoned to say ("How-ah-yee") She phoned to say "Hawaii" That's why she did phone.

Where has Oregon, boys, Where has Oregon? If you want Alaska, Alaska where she's gone. She went to pay her Texas.

That's where she has gone.

What did Mississip? Through her pretty lips? She sipped a Minna-soda.

How did Wiscon-sin, boys? She stole a New-brass-key, Too bad that Arkan-saw, boys, And so did Tenna-see. It made poor Flori-die, boys, It made poor Flori-die, you see, She died in Missouri, boys, She died in Missouri!

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MarcoPogo 1 year, 11 months ago

I Iowa'd once in a Golden Corral. It took a whole new coat of paint to repair the damage.

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shadowbox66044 1 year, 11 months ago

“We heard it all the way from upstairs, and he was cooking,” said Mason Juergensen, a KU student whose fence the man crashed into.

I don't understand. Who was cooking? The guy in the car? Or the KU student upstairs?

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Kate Rogge 1 year, 11 months ago

It happened directly across the street from our house, and it sounded like NASCAR right up until he plowed across the lawn and flattened a hurricane fence. Then he bailed out of the car and tried to hide in the backyard of the house to the left. Five police cars, a fire truck, an ambulance, a police dog, and a backyard chase and arrest. Woo hoo.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 11 months ago

He should have known that a life of crime in a purple Intrepid in Lawrence, Kansas could come to no good end.

First off, he should have known that purple is the color of Kansas State University, and will certainly be suspect in the city that is the home of the University of Kansas.

And, he must not have known much of the history of the ships that have carried the name of Intrepid. When Dodge first came out with that name for a car, I could hardly believe that a car company had used a name that had such a disastrous history.

HMS Intrepid was a 64-gun third rate, previously the French ship Serieux. She was captured in 1747 and broken up by 1765.

HMS Intrepid was a 16-gun sloop launched in 1780. She foundered in 1800.

HMS Intrepid was a wooden screw discovery sloop, previously the civilian Free trade. She was purchased in 1850 and briefly named HMS Perseverance. She was renamed HMS Intrepid later in 1850 and was abandoned in the Arctic in 1854.

HMS Intrepid was an I class destroyer launched in 1936 and sunk by air attack in 1943.

USS Intrepid (1798), an armed ketch captured as a prize by the US Navy on 23 December 1803. Later used by Commodore Stephen Decatur on a mission to enter Tripoli harbor and destroy the captured USS Philadelphia. the vessel was later exploded in the harbor of Tripoli 4 September 1804.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 11 months ago

Eye hope U awl real eyes that eye am knot being sear E us.

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Liberty275 1 year, 11 months ago

"The final resting place of the purple Dodge Intrepid"

And nothing of value was lost.

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Greg Cooper 1 year, 11 months ago

I WAS IN THE VEHICLE HEADED HOME AT 23RD AND ALABAMA AND THIS GUY WHIPPED AROUND ME LIKE NO TOMORROW AND THEN HEADED UP ALABAMA. ALL OF THE COPS HAD ZIPPED BY GOING THE OTHER WAY! HE WAS FLYING PAST ME AND CUT ME OFF AND WAS HEADING BY WITHOUT A SINGLE LIGHT ON HIS CAR AT ALL. I HAD MY CAR WINDOW DOWN AND YOU COULD SMELL THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING VERY BAD ABOUT THE VEHICLE. I THOUGHT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN NAVY BLUE BUT NOT BLACK AND THIS PIC IS EXACTLY HOW THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE LOOKED TO ME WHEN HE CUT ME OFF AT TURNED IN FRONT OF ME. I AM GLAD HE WAS CAUGHT.

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MRPC 1 year, 11 months ago

WOW??? REALLY???WAS THE CAR REALLY LOUD???!!!

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