Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez today announced that Brandon Michael Helm, 30, of Lawrence, was sentenced to 54 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) after leading officers with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence Police Department on a high-speed chase and violating probation in two previous cases.
Helm pleaded no contest to three counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police and two probation violations on August 7, 2023. Helm's most recent charges stemmed from an incident that occurred the evening of April 12, 2023 when Helm failed to stop at a stop sign near E. 15th Street and Craig Court in Lawrence. Officers activated emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop when Helm fled at a high rate of speed, at times in excess of 100 miles per hour. Helm, who at one point drove off the road to avoid spike strips deployed by the Lawrence Police Department, later crashed and his vehicle rolled over west of the intersection located at E. 11th Street and Haskell Avenue.
“Mr. Helm’s behavior put law enforcement and the public at great risk,” said Assistant District Attorney Samantha Foster, who represented the state. “Our office will prosecute those who put others in harm’s way and hold them accountable.”
Helm was sentenced to 10 months in the KDOC for one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police which is to be served concurrently to two additional counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police for which he received six months each.
Helm also was sentenced to 14 months for violating probation for an attempted unlawful tampering with an electronic monitoring device conviction and 30 months for violating probation in a possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute case. Both sentences are to be served consecutively.
The case was investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lawrence Police Department.
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