Woman captured after police chase in Lawrence ends in crash

A woman was detained after a police chase that traveled down Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence and ended in a crash Wednesday morning.

The incident started about 10:30 a.m. at Seventh and Massachusetts streets, where an officer trying to check the woman’s welfare asked her to move out of the middle of the street, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said.

The woman had stopped the black SUV she was driving in the turn lane, on Massachusetts Street facing south, and was standing outside of it “acting very bizarre,” Rhoads said.

An officer initiated a pedestrian check and asked the woman to get back in her vehicle and pull to the side of the road so they could talk more, Rhoads said. The officer turned to get back into his car and the woman got back in the SUV, but instead of pulling aside, she took off.

The officer pursued the SUV, which traveled south on Massachusetts, then west on 23rd Street, Rhoads said. Near Iowa Street, another police patrol vehicle pulled in front of the woman to try to get her to stop, and the SUV crashed into the patrol vehicle.

No one was injured, Rhoads said. She said police detained the woman and took her to the hospital for an evaluation.

Rhoads said late Wednesday morning that she didn’t know whether the woman would be arrested on suspicion of any crimes and that the evaluation was the immediate priority.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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