Driver of stolen van arrested in Lenexa after swerving at Prairie Village officer attempting traffic stop


A man who led police on a trail starting in Prairie Village Monday night, ran from his van after it crashed in the parking lot of Trailridge Middle School in Lenexa.

Prairie Village police said an officer was attempting to stop the van for traffic violations and the van swerved at the patrol car before heading west on 75th Street. No pursuit was initiated because of the reckless driving but officers monitored the progress and contacted departments in the path of travel.

The van was found to be stoled out of Kansas City. The man was arrested by Lenexa officers early this morning. KMBC ran a photo of the van and provided more details on the arrest.

The Prairie Village Police Department statement follows:

On August 15, 2016 at 11:33 PM, a Prairie Village Officer attempted to turn around on a vehicle for traffic violations. The vehicle swerved at the officer’s vehicle and continued westbound on W. 75th Street. Due to the reckless driving of the vehicle no pursuit was initiated or attempted. The vehicle continued to drive into oncoming traffic and at other vehicles while continuing westbound on 75th Street. Due to the threat to public safety, officers monitored the vehicles direction of travel, while attempting to alert area agencies of its path of travel.

The vehicle later entered the parking lot of Trailridge Middle School which is located in Lenexa, KS. The lone male occupant fled on foot from the vehicle as the vehicle continued to travel through the grass and into a fence. A search for the suspect was conducted with no findings. The vehicle was determined to have been stolen out of Kansas City and contained other stolen property. At approximately 5:30 AM the subject was located by Lenexa PD Officers and Prairie Village Officers responded and took custody of him at that time. The intent of the driver is unknown as he was uncooperative at the time of arrest.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Prairie Village Police Department.