Pickup flees police, loses stolen trailer in off-road chase that ended near Lawrence
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A man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a chase from Franklin County into Douglas County, driving off-road and losing a stolen box trailer he had hitched to the truck along the way.
The pursuit began about 10 a.m. on U.S. Highway 59 when a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office sergeant tried to stop a pickup pulling a trailer that he saw pass two vehicles in a no-passing zone, nearly causing an accident, said Lt. Brian Ferguson of Franklin County.
Ferguson said that instead of stopping the pickup truck driver sped up, eventually driving onto gravel roads and crossing into Douglas County. He said that during the incident the sheriff’s office learned the trailer had been stolen from an Ottawa business.
In Douglas County the suspect drove up a private drive and through some bushes, into a ditch and then into a field, where the trailer came off the truck, Ferguson said.
The chase ended when a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy used his patrol vehicle to immobilize the pickup, which came to rest in a ditch about 10:35 a.m. at East 1000 and North 1156 roads, Ferguson said. The location is at the south edge of Lawrence, just east of Clinton Lake and south of Eagle Bend Golf Course.
He said the suspect, a 36-year-old man without a listed address, was taken into custody without incident. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would not release the driver’s name Tuesday afternoon.
No one was injured, Ferguson said.
The Kansas Highway Patrol also assisted Franklin County with the incident.