Officer suffered broken femur during attempted arrest

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Monday, September 08 2014 Sep 8, 2014 Monday, September 08, 2014 1:17:00 PM CDT September 08, 2014 in News
By: Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

STOVER - A Stover woman is in jail after police accused her of wrestling with a police officer and breaking his leg. The woman drove away after an attempted arrest on Saturday.

A report said officer Kevin Lutjen of the Stover Police Department was investigating a person kicking and hitting an ATM when he found someone sleeping behind the wheel of a car near an ATM at the Citizens-Farmers Bank in Stover.

Police said Lutjen approached the car and was able to identify the woman as 64-year-old Janet Lang of Stover.

A report said during the investigation, Lutjen noticed injuries to Lang's hands and described her actions as "erratic".

According to police, Lutjen tried to arrest Lang, but Lang struggled through the driver's side window. The report said Lutjen was able to take the keys from the ignition, but Lang had a second set of keys.

Police said Lang started the car and drove away with officer Lutjen still halfway in the window, breaking Lutjen's left femur. 

A report said the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Morgan County Sheriff's Office chased Lang down a dead end road, where she attempted to go off-road into a wooded area. Troopers and deputies arrested Lang shorty after she drove off the road.  

As of Monday morning, Lang was at the Morgan County Adult Detention Center for first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident on a $250,000 bond.

 

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