Crime

May 16, 2014

Kansas City man gets 10-year sentence for attempting to run down police officer

Michael A. Lemley, 36, also received three years in prison for armed criminal action. The sentences will run concurrently. In April 2013, he attempted to pin a police officer between his van and another vehicle.

A Kansas City, North, man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting a Kansas City police officer, Jackson County prosecutors announced Friday.

Michael A. Lemley, 36, also received three years in prison for armed criminal action. The sentences will run concurrently.

In April 2013, he attempted to pin a police officer between his van and another vehicle.

According to court documents, the incident started when officers saw a maroon van with no license plate moving erratically near 12th Street and Elmwood Avenue.

When officers pulled behind the van, Lemley accelerated. After colliding with another vehicle near Ninth Street and Cypress Avenue, Lemley took off again with the officers in pursuit. Lemley soon stopped and backed into the patrol car.

When the two officers left the patrol car and ordered Lemley out of the van, he drove toward an officer and tried to pin her against another vehicle. When she ran toward the patrol car, Lemley put the van in reverse and accelerated toward her.

At that point, the second officer fired several bullets at Lemley.

While being treated at a hospital for his wounds, Lemley allegedly told an officer, believing her to be the officer he had almost struck, “I didn’t mean to hurt you when I almost ran you over.”

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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