Deputy, suspect injured in pursuit that ended in Lawrence

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A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy and one of two suspects suffered injuries that were not life-threatening as the result of a vehicle pursuit Friday morning, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Eudora police attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic infraction before 7:30 a.m. Friday, but the driver allegedly fled westbound on North 1400 Road between Eudora and Lawrence, according to the release.

“Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies then located the vehicle in the area driving into oncoming traffic and pursued it into the county,” the release stated. “The pursuit continued around southeastern Lawrence, with the suspect driving at a high rate of speed in the wrong lanes on Kansas Highway 10 as well as Haskell Avenue, 23rd Street and 31st Street.”

The driver was considered an immediate threat to the public, so deputies used a tactical vehicle intervention, according to the release.

Near K-10 and Iowa Street, deputies maneuvered to spin the vehicle into a ditch; then “the suspect returned to the highway and exited to cross Iowa Street and caused damage to the intersection before deputies pinned the vehicle in a parking lot and took the suspects into custody,” the release continued.

Two people were taken into custody at 7:50 a.m. Friday in the 3400 block of Iowa Street. One suspect was taken to LMH Health, and a deputy is seeking medical care.

“Anyone who witnessed the pursuit or had to avoid a related collision Friday morning is encouraged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 785-843-0250.”

Lawrence and Eudora police assisted in the pursuit, according to the release.

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