Man allegedly leads Douglas County deputies on chase with baby, loaded guns in car

Story updated at 9:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12:

A man was arrested Sunday after allegedly ramming a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and leading deputies on a chase while having a baby in his truck.

Kenneth J. Leedom, 32, was arrested on suspicion of stolen property, attempting to flee or elude police and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, Deputy Charlie Cooper said via email Sunday.


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Cooper said the incident started around 1:30 p.m., when deputies attempted to stop Leedom in his 1990s Ford Ranger at East 250 and North 1400 roads. That’s west of the northwestern tip of Clinton Lake in Kanwaka Township.

After Leedom drove off from the traffic stop and as deputies were attempting to stop him, he rammed a patrol vehicle with his truck, Cooper said.

Cooper said an adult woman and an infant boy were also in the vehicle. None of the occupants nor any deputies were injured during the incident, she said.

After the vehicle was stopped in the 1000 block of East 251 Diagonal Road — about 3.5 miles southeast of the traffic stop — deputies found stolen guns in it, Cooper said. She said the guns were loaded.

Jail records list Leedom’s address in Woodbury, Tenn. The jail booking log also indicates that he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated endangering of a child.

As of Monday morning, Leedom was being held without bond in the Douglas County Jail.

1100 E 251st Diagonal Rd, Lawrence, KS 66047

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