Lawrence police: Driver approached 90 mph on city streets, crashed at 6th and Kasold

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In this file photo from Aug. 4, 2020, two Lawrence Police Department patrol vehicles are pictured outside the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

The driver of an SUV approached speeds of 90 mph on city streets before crashing in an intersection, according to Lawrence police.

Just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Kansas Turnpike Authority notified officers of a white SUV being driven erratically and reaching speeds of 100 mph, Lawrence Police Department spokesperson Patrick Compton said Thursday.

The driver exited the turnpike in North Lawrence, Compton said, and officers located the vehicle heading westbound near the 2000 block of West Sixth Street. The SUV reached speeds approaching 90 mph on city streets, Compton said.

Officers tried to stop the SUV, but the driver did not pull over, so they initiated a short pursuit before supervisors terminated it for safety reasons, Compton said.

At the intersection of Sixth Street and Kasold Drive, the SUV crashed into a northbound sedan, which then struck another vehicle that was southbound, Compton said. No one suffered injuries that required immediate medical attention, but one person did seek medical treatment later for injuries believed to be connected to the crash.

The SUV came to rest in the median on the west side of the intersection, Compton said. Its driver — a 30-year-old Lawrence woman, according to corresponding Douglas County Jail records — was compliant with officers when she was taken into custody, Compton said.

The woman was booked into the jail on suspicion of aggravated battery, reckless driving, driving under the influence, fleeing or attempting to elude with five or more moving violations and driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to jail records.

As of Thursday afternoon, officers had not yet submitted an affidavit to the district attorney’s office for charging consideration, Compton said. The woman was being held without bond.

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