Suspect still at large after hourslong search in East Lawrence following police chase

photo by: Kim Callahan/Journal-World

The damaged car of a suspect in a police chase is towed away Sunday evening. The car was abandoned on 10th Street next to New York Elementary School when the suspect fled on foot.

Updated at 9 a.m. Monday

A suspect in a police chase who fled on foot through an East Lawrence neighborhood Sunday evening is still at large, Lawrence police said Monday morning.

Police had few other details to provide, citing yet to be completed reports in the investigation, but did share this additional information Monday morning:

The pursuit began about 7 p.m. Sunday, when officers were dispatched to The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St., in reference to two intoxicated subjects parked in front of the business and drinking inside the vehicle, according to Lt. David Ernst of LPD’s Public Affairs Unit. As an officer approached on foot, the vehicle fled the area. A vehicle pursuit then ensued and ultimately ended near the intersection of 10th and New Jersey Street. The driver fled the area on foot. With the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, officers searched the area, but the driver was not located and is still at large.

A video of part of the pursuit on Massachusetts Street can be viewed here: Chase

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photo by: Kim Callahan/Journal-World

Neighbors watch in East Lawrence as police and deputies station themselves around the neighborhood of New York Elementary School, where a suspect had apparently fled Sunday evening.

Dozens of law enforcement personnel searching for suspect in East Lawrence

Dozens of Lawrence police officers and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were searching for a suspect in East Lawrence Sunday evening.

Law enforcement personnel were posted at multiple intersections in the neighborhood near New York Elementary School in an area stretching from New York Street east to Delaware Street.

Details are still unclear, but it appears that a police pursuit started near Massachusetts Street and ended up in the East Lawrence neighborhood, where the suspect fled on foot. The suspect was at large as of 8:40 p.m. Sunday.

photo by: Kim Callahan/Journal-World

A damaged silver Chevrolet rests on 10th Street near New York Elementary School Sunday evening. Neighbors say a man abandoned the car at the scene and fled on foot from police.

Multiple neighbors told the Journal-World that a man in a silver Chevrolet crossed Connecticut Street, then abandoned his car, which had visible damage, on 10th Street next to New York Elementary. The K-9 unit was called in, and the dog sniffed the suspect’s car before heading further into the neighborhood to search.

Another resident, who had witnessed the chase from downtown, said the pursuit went down Massachusetts Street and that the driver in the silver car drove through South Park before heading to East Lawrence, where he dumped the car. The man said he believed there were two people in the car and that one appeared to have surrendered.

The Journal-World has reached out to law enforcement for further details, including what the suspect is wanted for and whether police believe he is armed and dangerous.

Two neighbors said they were told by police that the man was armed, but the Journal-World has been unable to confirm that with law enforcement.

photo by: Kim Callahan/Journal-World Photo

Lawrence police and sheriff’s deputies are stationed at the intersection of 10th and Pennsylvania Sunday evening, apparently in pursuit of a suspect who fled on foot.


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