Eudora woman allegedly leads authorities on winding pursuit in stolen vehicle

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A Lawrence Police Department patrol vehicle is pictured June 28, 2022.

A 30-year-old Eudora woman was apprehended after allegedly leading authorities on a lengthy pursuit in a stolen vehicle Saturday night.

According to a Facebook post by the Lawrence Police Department on Sunday, an emergency call was made about 10:15 p.m. alerting authorities that a car was driving in the wrong direction and without headlights on Bob Billings Parkway near Kasold Drive and had almost struck the caller’s vehicle and another vehicle.

According to the Facebook post, the pursuit began after a responding officer attempted to pull the vehicle over. From there, the woman allegedly traveled west on Bob Billings Parkway, past Kansas Highway 10, and then headed south at East 800 Road before turning onto private property. The car “barreled through a fence and into a field,” after which the woman allegedly fled on foot.

The Facebook post said that officers then set up a perimeter and launched a drone search and eventually spotted a woman hiding under construction equipment. She was taken into custody without further incident.

According to jail logs, Samantha Dylyn Christine Besser was booked Saturday night on suspicions including fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement and theft of property or services. Besser is also suspected of driving under the influence and had other outstanding warrants.


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