Topeka man arrested following early morning chase ending in Douglas County

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A Topeka man is in jail Wednesday following an early morning chase that began in Shawnee County and ended in Douglas County.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 6:15 a.m., a Topeka Police Officer spotted a vehicle driving erratically on 6th street near the Oakland Expressway. The officer briefly followed the vehicle, a two tone green Chrysler 300, and initiated a traffic stop.

Shawnee County Sheriff Deputies arrived on scene and began initiating an investigation as to why the vehicle was being driven erratically. During the traffic stop, the driver drove away from the scene, initiating a pursuit by deputies.

The Chrysler travelled eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 at low speeds ranging from 30 to 40 mph according to police. The Chrysler entered into Douglas County where the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol, began assisting with the pursuit. Stop sticks were deployed and the Chrysler began traveling with deflated tires. The vehicle then reached K-10 and traveled south, at low speeds, for several miles to Iowa Street in Lawrence.

Police say the vehicle began traveling back to the west on K-10 when it stopped near mile post 3.

The driver, Christopher Clay, 37, of Topeka, was arrested and transported to the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. Clay was then transported to the Shawnee County Department of Corrections where he was booked on charges of DUI (2nd), Felony Fleeing and Eluding, Driving without a License, and other traffic infractions.

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