Paola man charged with felonies after reportedly leading Lawrence police on pursuit, running through bystander’s home

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

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

A Paola man is facing felony charges after allegedly fleeing from Lawrence police in a stolen vehicle and running through a bystander’s home last week.

Lt. David Ernst of the Lawrence Police Department told the Journal-World Monday that officers arrested James F. Korgol around 8 p.m. Thursday in the 5800 block of Silverstone Drive after the incident. Korgol, 36, was formally charged in Douglas County District Court on Friday with aggravated burglary, interference with law enforcement and theft, all of which are felonies.

The officers began pursuing Korgol on Thursday after noticing he was driving a reportedly stolen vehicle and traveling eastbound on Sixth Street from the Kansas Highway 10 bypass in northwest Lawrence. During the pursuit, Korgol allegedly stopped the car in the driveway of a home in the 5900 block of Simple Lane and fled on foot.

While on foot, Korgol allegedly entered a home through an open garage door, then left through the home’s back door after the homeowner confronted him, Ernst said. The officers then chased Korgol through several yards before apprehending him with the assistance of a police service dog, Ernst said.

During his court appearance on Friday, a prosecuting attorney said Korgol was also facing two pending felony cases in Shawnee County and had previously been convicted of property crimes and an aggravated battery charge.

Judge James T. George set a cash or surety bond of $30,000 with supervision conditions, including location monitoring. As of noon Monday, Korgol was still in custody.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office declined to release a booking photo of Korgol.

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