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Man battles patrol car -- bad idea

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cave City Police arrested a man for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after he bent a cage and dislodged a window in a patrol car Sept. 2.

Cpl. Aaron Presser went to the Charleston Street Apartments after Sharp County dispatch received a call regarding a man outside the home beating on a door and refusing to leave.

When Presser arrived he met Shawn Michael Lewis of Cave City who told Presser that his girlfriend was inside the apartment "messing around" with another man. Lewis was intoxicated, Presser said.

The occupants of the apartment told Presser that Lewis, 25, had gotten mad and started a fight, Presser said. They told Lewis to leave and locked the door after he went outside. Lewis then began to hit the door, Presser said.

As Presser was talking to Leah Turner, who lives at the apartment, and two males, Lewis began to curse at the group, Presser said.

Presser and Sharp County Deputy Shane Hightower arrested Lewis after he made several more outbursts.

Lewis refused to sit down in the patrol car until Presser and Hightower physically forced him into the car, Presser said.

"Once in the car he became very upset," Presser said. "About five minutes into the transport (to the Sharp County Jail) Lewis started to ram his head into the rear cage of the car. He then stated that he had hurt his neck and that he had a concussion and wanted to see a doctor."

Presser told Lewis he would receive medical attention at the jail.

"He then started to hit his head on the cage again," Presser said. "After warning him to stop several times he then started to kick, head butt and spit on everything he could in the back of my unit. Before I could get stopped Lewis rolled onto his back and kicked the side window, dislodging it from the door of the car."

Presser and Hightower pulled over in Evening Shade to repair the window. At that time Lewis lay flat in the seat of the car and began to breath rapidly, Presser said.

"He stated he was having a breathing problem and that he had a bullet in his neck that affected his breathing," Presser said.

Presser radioed dispatch for an ambulance to the location. Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service transported Lewis to White River Medical Center. Lewis was released on a citation for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He is set to appear in court Oct. 5.

Police Chief Vernon Gann charged Lewis June 24 for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and terroristic threatening.

At that time Lewis also bent the metal cage in Gann's patrol car by head butting it, Gann said. Lewis also tried to head butt the window out of Gann's patrol car, he said.



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