Driver leads Lawrence police on high-speed early-morning chase

A driver who allegedly led police on a chase through Lawrence overnight got away, at least for the time being, according to police.

About 12:50 a.m. Friday, Lawrence police got involved in a pursuit of a vehicle that had been reported stolen, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said. She said the pursuit traveled from the 1600 block of West 23rd Street to around the 1600 block of Haskell Avenue.

Near Haskell, the pursuit ended and the driver fled on foot, Rhoads said. She said the driver was not apprehended.

Rhoads said the police department’s investigation into the incident was ongoing.

According to police radio traffic at the time, reported by Journal-World partner Operation 100 News, the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Baldwin City.

As an officer turned around to get behind the vehicle, the driver sped away, according to radio traffic. The officer pursued the vehicle east on 19th Street, with the suspect reportedly driving up to 80 mph and passing traffic on the wrong side of the road.

Officers brought in a dog to help search for the suspect in the area where the car was abandoned, but did not succeed, according to radio traffic. Officers indicated they planned to investigate other leads, including surveillance footage from a fast-food restaurant that may have captured the suspect before the chase.