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Police are still on the search for a suspect that was involved in a car chase this afternoon. One suspect is under arrest and one is still at large. Units from Eudora, Douglas County and the Kansas Highway Patrol were involved in the hunt through the late afternoon hours. We have no word yet on how long the search will continue or if the efforts will be suspended.
Earlier today as events unfolded, officials with the Eudora School District placed all three schools under a low-level lockdown for a time. The low-level lockdown procedure involves locking all doors to the school and not allowing any outside activities.
Eudora Schools Superintendent Don Grosdidier issued a statement on the lockdown this afternoon and explained why parents were at least some parents were not notified.
“Our normal crisis procedures include notifying parents any time there is a lockdown; unfortunately today’s events unfolded in such a way that made that extremely difficult. It was very late in the school day before we fully understood the factors involved in the law enforcement operation in a way that we could have shared useful information with our families. At this point, we knew that dismissal would be taking place normally and did not want to create any further confusion or concern. ”
We attempted to contact school district officials this afternoon, but phone messages were not returned.
by Ian Cummings, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World
At least one helicopter and a highway patrol K-9 unit joined the search early Monday afternoon, along with officers from the Eudora Police Department, Douglas County and Johnson County Sheriff’s offices and the Kansas Highway Patrol, after two men in a silver Chevy refused to stop for a highway trooper on K-10, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The car was reported stolen from the Kansas City area, and the license plate was reported stolen in Lawrence.
About 1 p.m., the suspects led the highway patrol on a high-speed pursuit into Johnson County and back to Douglas County, where the highway patrol lost sight of the car. A Eudora police officer found the car a short time later, stopped near East 2400 Road. The occupants fled on foot into the woods, and several law enforcement officers continued to search the area Monday afternoon.
BREAKING NEWS: Multiple units have converged on Eudora involving a high speed police chase down K-10 Highway. The chase apparently has ended near the first Eudora exit and a foot pursuit ensued.
We are working on all the details about this incident and as soon as we can confirm some information, we will pass it along. We have calls into multiple agencies.
Earlier this morning, there was a police chase that started in Lone Jack, MO and ended east of De Soto. It appears that the incident that this situation is a second one and not involved with the earlier car chase.
More information as the story develops.