An 18-year-old Lawrence man was arrested and two Lawrence police officers were injured when a fight broke out after police were called to a restaurant disturbance early this morning.
Police Lt. Charles Greer said officers were called to Hardee's Restaurant, 23rd and Iowa, about a disturbance and removed two men from the restaurant. When officers took the men outside, other people followed and a crowd formed, Greer said.
A fight ensued as the officers were attempting to arrest the men, and one officer was injured and another was hospitalized after he was thrown into the path of a police vehicle arriving at the scene, Greer said.
"The officers were arresting two subjects and things got out of hand from there," Greer said.
The two men allegedly attacked the officers, he said.
THE OFFICER thrown by one of the subjects into a Lawrence police car broke the car's windshield and broke a spotlight off the side of the car, he said.
The officer was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with broken ribs, where he was expected to be under observation for no more than 24 hours, Greer said.
An LMH nursing supervisor said she was told by hopital officials that she could not release any information about the officer's condition.
The car was traveling at only 1-2 mph when it stuck the officer in the parking lot near the restaurant, Greer estimated.
The other officer suffered bruised ribs in the altercation, he said.
There were no weapons involved, Greer said.
He said that after the officer was thrown into the police car, about 10 other officers arrived in the area.
"EVERYBODY ran," at that point, he said, adding that several officers then began searching for witnesses to the fight. Greer said he did not know how many people were in the crowd.
Officers today still were searching for the second person that officers initially were attempting to arrest when the fight broke out, Greer said.
He said there were no other injuries in the incident.
Because the family of the officer who was hospitalized was out of town and had not been notified, the officer's name was not released, according to a police press release.
The 18-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and criminal damage.
He was booked into the Douglas County Jail at 5:58 a.m. today and was being held without bond, according to the jail log.