Lawrence man arrested after allegedly leaving scene of 4-vehicle crash, leading police on a chase and crashing into patrol vehicles

photo by: Lawrence Police Department

A multi-vehicle crash on Feb. 6, 2024, at the intersection of Iowa and 23rd Streets is pictured on the left side of this screenshot from a video released by the Lawrence Police Department. The suspect's truck can be seen just above the red lights with a yellow light bar above its headlights.

A Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly leaving the scene of a four-vehicle crash, then leading police on a chase that ended when the driver crashed into a patrol vehicle.

Around 8:15 p.m. a Ford F-350 rear-ended a southbound vehicle just north of the intersection of 23rd and Iowa streets, causing a chain-reaction crash involving four vehicles, according to a post on social media from the Lawrence Police Department. The post was accompanied by traffic camera footage of the crash.

In the video, the truck can be seen after the collision reversing across southbound traffic while cars slow and yield, then turning northbound back into traffic.

The driver then headed north on Iowa Street and was spotted by University of Kansas Police shortly after. An officer attempted to stop the truck on eastbound 19th Street near Naismith Drive, but the driver refused to stop. A Lawrence police sergeant then approached the truck and turned his lights on, attempting to stop the truck, but it swerved around the patrol vehicle and struck it as it passed. Officers continued the pursuit.

The chase finally ended after a police vehicle blocked the roadway near Lawrence High School and the truck collided with the patrol vehicle. No injuries were reported, the post said.

Cody Lee Hall, 27, of Lawrence, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of DUI, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and no proof of insurance, according to the jail booking log. Hall was later released on a $2,150 own-recognizance bond, which means he was not required to pay any money to be released from jail.

The social media post said that Hall’s charges are pending in Municipal Court.


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