Man hospitalized after trying to run from officers
A Lenexa man is recovering in an area hospital after he was injured while trying to avoid being arrested.
Major Dan Tennis of the Shawnee Police Department says the incident began shortly after 4:30 Saturday morning.
Officers were called to the Prairie Lakes Apartments, 6800 block of Lackman Road, where a woman reported she woke up to find her adult son had broken into her apartment.
"She screamed and then saw it was her son carrying things out the door.," Tennis said. "She saw him get into her other son's pickup truck and leave the area."
Two officers responded to contact the woman, while other officers were searching the area for the truck.
"The pickup truck was seen at Midland Drive and Bell Road," Tennis said. "Officers tried to stop the vehicle but it fled at a high rate of speed, last seen westbound on Midland Drive."
In recorded radio traffic a police supervisor can be heard granting permission for the officers to begin a pursuit if the suspect vehicle fails to yield. By the time the permission was granted, the suspect had a sizeable head start and officers who were not able to locate the truck.
Officers continued to check the area where the truck was last seen and eventually spotted a man, matching the suspect's description, walking in the 18500 block of Midland Drive.
"While officers were attempting to arrest him, he fled on foot and officers struggled with him as he attempted to escape arrest," Tennis said. "A Taser was used and he fell causing injuries."
Johnson County Med-Act responded and transported the man to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Radio traffic indicates that medics were told the man lost consciousness after being tased in the back and falling on his face. Medics also reported the man's nose was possibly broken.
"The truck he was in was allegedly stolen from his brother's house in Lenexa," Tennis said.
Around 10 a.m. Saturday, officers located the truck, partially submerged in a pond, in the 6800 block of Gladstone Avenue. The pond is about two blocks from where officers located their suspect.
On Sunday morning, Maj. Tennis confirmed the man remains hospitalized and says he is in stable condition.
"The suspect is a 34-year-old Lenexa resident and should be considered innocent until proven guilty in court," Tennis said. "We anticipate he will be transferred from the hospital to the Johnson County jail in the next day or two."
The case has been submitted to the Johnson County District Attorney's Office for review. No charges have been filed as of Sunday afternoon.