Deputies arrest two as vehicle chase involves guns, high speeds from Eudora to Lawrence

photo by: Elvyn Jones

A Douglas County Sheriff's Office vehicle is pictured in this file photo from August 2017.

Two people are in custody after a vehicle chase that started in Eudora and ended in Lawrence and involved the passengers of the vehicle throwing guns out the window along the way.

Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office used their patrol vehicles to pin the suspects’ vehicle in the 3400 block of Iowa Street on Friday morning. The chase started about 7:30 a.m. in Eudora when the driver refused to pull over for an alleged traffic infraction.

The chase traveled down North 1400 Road between Eudora and Lawrence, and eventually included the suspect vehicle driving at high rates of speed and in the wrong lane of traffic on Kansas Highway 10, Haskell Avenue, 23rd Street and 31st Street.

Near the K-10 and Iowa Street intersection, deputies used a maneuver to spin the vehicle into the ditch, but the vehicle returned to the highway before deputies pinned it in a nearby parking lot.

“Deputies used a tactical vehicle intervention because the driver was an immediate threat to the public,” Major Steve Buchholz said in a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Guns were reportedly thrown from the vehicle while deputies pursued it. At least one of the guns recovered has been determined to be stolen.

Anyone who witnessed the pursuit or had to avoid a related collision is encouraged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 785-843-0250.

One suspect was taken to LMH Health with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. One deputy is seeking medical care for injuries that weren’t life-threatening. The Lawrence Police Department and the Eudora Police Department assisted in the pursuit.

An investigation into the suspects is ongoing, the department said.


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