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Topeka woman arrested after crash near KU sorority

November 19, 2013

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A 56-year-old Topeka woman was arrested Monday evening on suspicion of multiple charges following a crash near a Kansas University sorority.

Cheryl Ann Smith was released from Douglas County Jail on a $900 bond early Tuesday morning after being arrested on suspicion of battery, reckless driving, operating under the influence, interfering with police duties and transporting an open container.

On Monday, Smith was allegedly first seen driving fast southbound near the 1300 block of Ohio Street, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. McKinley said that Smith allegedly went through the stop sign at 14th Street and continued south until she struck a Dumpster and wooden fence behind the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority at 1433 Tennessee St.

Members of the sorority went outside after the crash and saw a lone occupant exiting the vehicle, which had heavy front-end damage and both airbags deployed, McKinley said. Smith told witnesses from the sorority that she wanted to use their restroom, but attempted to flee through a different door after entering the sorority. Two witnesses called police and tried to persuade Smith to stay at the sorority until officers arrived, but Smith allegedly punched one of the women in the face and fled, McKinley said.

Police arrived shortly thereafter and arrested Smith a block or so away. She was not injured in the accident.

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