What happened with Lawrence police on ‘COPS’? A recap
If you missed seeing the Lawrence Police Department on COPS Monday night, here’s a synopsis of what happened — which will probably take you about as long to read as it would to watch the LPD portion of the episode on DVR. (I didn’t even have time to finish my glass of wine before COPS moved on from the two featured local calls to some guy getting caught with a bunch of psychedelic mushrooms in Colorado.)
The episode, “Late Night Shopper,” kicks off with a scene-setting shot of an officer cruising down a dark and pretty dead-looking Massachusetts Street, when he gets a call about a burglary in progress just two blocks away.
Inside the Discount Tobacco shop at 15 W. Ninth St., officers find a man inside the shop, which is closed with the door apparently busted in and the alarm apparently dismantled. The man (who does not appear totally lucid) bolts toward the back of the store, officers tackle him next to a case full of glass pipes and bongs, put him in handcuffs and into a police car. He tells officers he “just wanted a cigarette,” and gets told he’s being taken to jail with a suggestion to get some help.
Scene two features another officer in his cruiser when a call comes in for a vehicle pursuit east of town. The vehicle — a purple Chevy pickup — was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run at the Casey’s in Eudora. Officers eventually stop the truck on what looks like K-10 and order the driver out of the car at gunpoint. In the back of the patrol car, the suspect asks for a lawyer.
His female passenger, however, talks plenty. She says she just met the driver earlier that night at a “campsite,” then they stopped by a trailer park before going to Casey’s. She says she saw and heard lights and sirens and told the driver to stop — yelling and hitting him in the process — but the driver insisted, “I’m runnin’!” She’s uncuffed and told the police will get her a ride back to town, while the driver heads for jail.
COPS is on Paramount (formerly Spike), and if you’re looking for the re-run, “Late Night Shopper” is Show 3024. Cops.com has a little spotlight feature on featured LPD Officer Tracy Russell here and an episode teaser video here.
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