Suspect in hourlong high-speed chase through Douglas, Jefferson counties released on bond

photo by: Chris Conde/ Journal-World Photo

Lawrence Police Dpartment, bringing up the rear at the KU Homecoming Parade on Sept. 27, 2018.

A 26-year-old man who is suspected in an hourlong high-speed chase through Douglas and Jefferson counties bonded out of the Douglas County Jail on Monday evening, according to jail records.

Riley Wolfe, of Lawrence, was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Monday on suspicion of fleeing from law enforcement by engaging in reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. The arrest took place on U.S. Highway 24, north of Lawrence. Wolfe was released from custody around 9:45 p.m. Monday after posting a $2,250 bond.


2 arrested after high-speed chase through Lawrence

Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Donald Hughes told the Journal-World Monday that law enforcement officers arrested two people after the pursuit; however, Wolfe was the only person listed in the booking logs in connection with the incident. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the incident, noting that it was under the jurisdiction of the Highway Patrol.

Hughes previously said the Highway Patrol began pursuing the suspect vehicle at 23rd Street and O’Connell Road in southeastern Lawrence at around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Emergency radio traffic indicated that the vehicle reached speeds of 70 mph at times. Hughes said police used a “tactical vehicle intervention” maneuver to end the pursuit about 6 miles north of Lawrence.

Both the Lawrence Police Department and the sheriff’s office assisted in the pursuit. No officers, suspects or members of the public were injured in the event, Hughes said.

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