Archive for Friday, August 23, 2013

Driver cited for leaving vehicle in Douglas County construction site

August 23, 2013


This grey Dodge Durango was discovered Aug. 4 in the middle of a construction site on U.S. 56 Highway.

This grey Dodge Durango was discovered Aug. 4 in the middle of a construction site on U.S. 56 Highway.

The driver of a disabled vehicle discovered earlier this month at a bridge construction site on U.S. 56 Highway west of Baldwin City has been cited for leaving the scene of an accident, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The grey Dodge Durango was found unoccupied at the site about 9:15 a.m. on Aug. 4, and sheriff's deputies determined that Alexander Alsup, 19, of North 300 Road, had been driving the vehicle when it became stuck in the construction zone.

The section of the highway from Sixth Street in Baldwin City to East 1400 Road is closed to traffic for a Kansas Department of Transportation project to replace three bridges. The van was found at the eastbound approach to the middle bridge.

Alsup had apparently been driving the vehicle, which belonged to his father, eastbound when he drove around the barricades and tried to use the closed bridge, said Lt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff's office spokesman.

When the vehicle became stuck, Alsup left the scene. A deputy later found Alsup attempting to move the vehicle, and cited him for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.


LawrenceTownie 4 years ago

Well maybe "leaving the scene of an accident" and "failing to report and accident" are better citations than "DUI"? I'm just saying. Don't know for sure.

chootspa 4 years ago

Was exactly my suspicion, too, but without proof, there is no charge.

clarkentsman 4 years ago

It would appear that the family lives a few hundred yards east of the bridge and car was found at 9:15 AM. Who knows when he left it since no one else was using the road. Obeying the detour would have been four miles with three miles of gravel road. With the facts presented in the article I would say poor judgement.

Gary Anderson 4 years ago

Accident... or getting your vehicle stuck? Not sure it should be called an accident unless another vehicle or property was damaged. Just 2 cents worth.

buffalo63 4 years ago

Anytime a car leaves a roadway it is classified an accident. If you are able to drive away, no one would know, unless there are witnesses, but it still an accident. Looks like this car would have damage, even if minor.

Hoots 4 years ago

So every time I go 4 wheeling it's considered an accident?

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

Alexander Alsup, 19,

---too young for a Dukes of Hazard fan?

Bob Forer 4 years ago

Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

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