Lawrence police arrested a 21-year-old Topeka man early Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after a 23-year-old Lawrence man was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the Zarco 66 Station, 900 Iowa.
According to a Lawrence police report, at 2 a.m. outside the convenience store, Furu E. Ambam, of Topeka, became upset because he said the Lawrence man’s car had blocked in his vehicle near the gas pumps. The Lawrence man, Zachary Stephens, had left his white 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora running while he entered the store.
Witnesses told officers that Ambam then jumped in Stephens’ car to try to move it. Stephens then ran outside to try to stop Ambam, but the front driver’s side of the car struck the Lawrence man in the left leg.
Stephens was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital to be treated for a leg sprain, according to the police report. Police also tested Ambam’s blood-alcohol content, which was 0.087, according to the report.
According to jail records, police arrested Ambam on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while his license was suspended, reckless driving and two outstanding municipal court warrants.
He has posted a $1,250 bond and was given a notice to appear in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 14. Cheryl Wright, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said prosecutors will have until then to officially file charges in the case.