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Bristow Man Charged With Beating Officer With Flashlight

Last updated on Friday, December 14, 2007

(TELL CITY) - A Bristow, Indiana man is accused of beating a state trooper and his service dog with his own flashlight last night after wrecking his vehicle in a pursuit.

According to state police information, 43-year-old Lawrence Sturgeon allegedly blew a stop sign within line of sight of Trooper Mark Lehmkuhler.

Police allege Sturgeon took off in his pickup after the trooper turned his emergency lights on, and led Lehmkuhler in a chase that ended when Sturgeon wrecked his truck.

Afterwards, the trooper approached Sturgeon, and when he tried to handcuff the man, he allegedly resisted, eventually getting a hold of Lehmkulher's flashlight and striking the trooper and his k-9 Brode with it.

The trooper finally subdued the man and made the arrest.

The trooper, the suspect and the dog were all taken for medical treatment and released.

Sturgeon is charged with felony counts of aggravated battery, battery on a law enforcement office, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest with a vehicle and causing injury and possessing anhydrous ammonia, a chemical used in making meth, and a misdemeanor charge of paraphernalia possession.

Sturgeon was also wanted in Dubois County for possession of meth.

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