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Saturday chase results in felony arrest, document recovery

A Saturday chase resulted in an arrest and the recovery of lots of identity documents.

A Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputy turned to stop a Jeep Liberty for speeding traveling east on NW 35th from NW Button Rd. As the deputy was attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver turned south onto NW Dawdy Drive, heavily accelerated and began to flee from the deputy. The fleeing vehicle hit an occupied vehicle at NW 33rd Place and Dawdy Drive.

The two people in the car that was hit were not hurt.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lauren Ortiz was driving the Jeep. She was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant out of Jefferson County for theft and was driving on a suspended license.

During a search of the Jeep deputies located a credit card reader machine and numerous fraudulent ID cards, social security cards, checks and counterfeit money.

During the investigation deputies determined the license plate on the Jeep Liberty had been altered and did not belong on the vehicle. The Jeep was reported stolen from Leavenworth.

Ortiz is being charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Flee and Elude, Driving While Suspended, Possession of Counterfeit Money and multiple traffic violations.


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