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Man is accused of trying to run over KC police officer

Updated: 2013-04-26T01:45:07Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors have accused a 25-year-old man of trying to run over a Kansas City police officer Tuesday after causing a hit-and-run wreck.

The officer’s partner shot the hit-and-run driver in the neck. While getting treatment for his wound, the driver allegedly told another officer, whom he mistakenly thought was involved in the incident, “I didn’t mean to hurt you when I almost ran you over,” according to court records.

Prosecutors charged Michael A. Lemley of Kansas City with assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. He was in jail Thursday on a $50,000 bond.

According to court records, officers saw a van driving erratically about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and tried to pull over the driver, but the driver fled and caused a crash at Ninth Street and Cypress Avenue. The driver again tried to flee and backed into a police car that was following him. The officers got out of their car and told the driver to stop. Instead, he put his van in reverse and tried to run over an officer. Her partner fired at the driver, grazing him in the neck.

Six witnesses told police they saw the van trying to run over the officer. The witnesses said they then heard gunshots, according to court records.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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