2 arrested after car chase at east edge of Lawrence

Two people in a stolen car were arrested after leading law enforcement on a chase that ended at the east edge of Lawrence Monday, authorities say. At one point the car reportedly was driving the wrong way on 23rd Street.

The incident started about 11:10 a.m., when a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy tried to stop a red car with no license plate near 10th and Tennessee streets, Sgt. Kristen Channel of the sheriff’s office said in an email.

The car fled and the deputy didn’t pursue it, but shortly thereafter residents called in to report a car matching that description driving recklessly, Channel said. Law enforcement spotted the car on Kansas Highway 10 and again tried to pull it over, but it fled for several miles, she said.

Channel said the car, which at one point drove into the wrong lanes of traffic on 23rd Street, did not come to a stop until law enforcement performed a maneuver to stop it.

After the car was stopped on 23rd Street near the East Hills Business Park, law enforcement learned it had been stolen out of Missouri, Channel said.

The male driver, a Missouri resident, was arrested on charges including fleeing police and possession of a stolen vehicle, Channel said. She said a female passenger, also from Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and on an out-of-state felony warrant.

The two other people in the car were released, Channel said.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who was driving on 23rd Street between O’Connell Road and the East Hills Business Park and who was passed by the red Ford passenger car going east in the westbound lanes to call the office at 785-843-0250.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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