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Cab driver alleges Eudora police officer injured her during ride to strip club

August 11, 2011

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A Bonner Springs woman alleges a Eudora police officer lunged at her and put her in a headlock early Sunday morning as she was driving him in a taxi to a Douglas County strip club.

Thomas Clinton Leahew, 29, the officer who is on administrative leave pending an internal department investigation, faces one misdemeanor count of battery in Douglas County District Court. Douglas County Sheriff’s officers arrested him at 5 a.m. Sunday in the 1800 section of North 1500 Road on suspicion of battery.

In an interview with the Journal-World, the alleged victim, a 35-year-old woman, accused Leahew of lunging at her from the back of a van while she was driving Leahew and six other people to The Outhouse, 1837 N. 1500 Road. The woman said he grabbed her and put her in a headlock, and that Leahew hit his head when he lunged and was bleeding. Officers said Monday the woman had minor injuries.

She stopped the vehicle, she said, and the friends calmed down Leahew. The woman then drove the men to a Lawrence hotel and called police.

The cab driver said it was the second time she had transported the group that night.

Leahew, who is free on bond, appeared briefly in court Thursday afternoon, and his attorney, Trey Meyer, asked District Judge Paula Martin for a Sept. 22 hearing to give him time to review information in the case. Andrea Nelson, a Shawnee County assistant district attorney, is the special prosecutor in the case because Douglas County prosecutors recused themselves from the case.

The Journal-World generally does not identify crime victims unless they testify in open court.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 4 months ago

This won't end well for somebody as there are numerous witnesses. Well, unless the blue wall rears its head.

formerfarmer 3 years, 4 months ago

"The Journal-World generally does not identify crime victims unless they testify in open court." or unless it is a police officer. They identified the officer Monday, before he appeared. I in no way condone what the officer is accused of, I just wish the Journal-World would treat everyone the same.

crazyredneckmomma4 3 years, 4 months ago

um the officer, if he should still be called that, was not the victim... he was the attacker. The Journal World did the right thing by identifying this wacko so that everyone knows what this man is capable of. This guy is suppose to be the one the victims turn to for help in these situations not the one causing the harm.

awal587 3 years, 4 months ago

I'd like to clear some things up. That night was his bachelor party. He didn't want to go to The Outhouse and that's why he freaked out when he found out that's where they were headed. As to what happened to the driver, all we have is her side of the story. However, HE's the one that ended up in the ER getting stiches, so I'm not sure what "minor injuries" she claims to have sustained, but obviously they weren't near what happened to him from hitting his head. She obviously wasn't too distraught if she drove them the 5 miles back to the hotel.
I don't expect the LJW to print the story if the charges are dropped--interesting how the media's take on justice works.

sanerw 3 years, 4 months ago

For your information, she was called and was asked to take them to the Outhouse.If he didn't want to go then he should have asked her to take him somewhere else. They were close enough to the hotel they were staying that he should have requested she take him there and she would have. He ended up in the hospital and got stitches because he was stupid enough drunk to jump towards the front while the van was in motion and then hit his head on the dash. She didn't do it to him. He then grabbed her in a head lock and started choking her. She may have no visible scars from this but has had emotional stress. Imagine working anywhere for years and then suddenly being attacked by someone you'd never expect to commit such a crime. I'm sure LJW will print the story but I doubt the charges are dropped.

redneck 3 years, 4 months ago

Where did they say the officer was the victum?

formerfarmer 3 years, 4 months ago

Sorry I meant to say the Journal-World usually doesn't ID suspects before they are convicted, not ID the witnesses.

Marcy McGuffie 3 years, 4 months ago

Actually, they do ID suspects accused of anything BUT sex crimes. After a suspect is charged, it's fair game. They have stated this policy many times over the years.

formerfarmer 3 years, 4 months ago

Sorry I meant to say the Journal-World usually doesn't ID suspects before they are convicted, not ID the witnesses.

FarneyMac 3 years, 4 months ago

Easy there, champ. You might wanna stop talking for a while.

akt2 3 years, 4 months ago

He clearly should not have an occupation that involves firearms or the public. He needs to grow up and learn how to act. There is no excuse for his behavior, and no one is to blame but him. I doubt he will ever wear his Eudora uniform again. He's lost all respect in the community.

Randall Barnes 3 years, 4 months ago

not defending anyone. but have you seen the way she drives that van ? up over curbs and in and out of traffic heck he was probably trying to get her to slow down and did what he did in fear of his life.

sanerw 3 years, 4 months ago

You apparently don't know what you are talking about. She is one of the best drivers that company has. She has been working for them for 13 years and what kind of person, off duty cop especially doesn't wear a seat belt? That's against the law as well.

Randall Barnes 3 years, 4 months ago

look at the way she drives a good person or not has nothing to do with the issue.she violates more laws in one night than most do in a lifetime and no rear passenger's are not required by law to wear a seat belt. and yes i have ridden with her a few times and let me tell you it was frightful.

sanerw 3 years, 4 months ago

Hmm, why do you keep riding with her if she is such a bad driver? There are other drivers that you can request. Sounds like this is personal and has nothing to do with her driving.

awal587 3 years, 4 months ago

Good thing she has her daddy to stick up for her, even though she should be a grown woman if she has two kids and no husband. I wonder if she gets a settlement if that would mean daddy wouldn't have to pay for the grandkids as much... I'd probably push her to file charges too if I was you.

sanerw 3 years, 4 months ago

There you go assuming crap again. What makes you think I'm her dad? Well I'm not. I doubt she will get a settlement as where would it come from? He was off duty so Dg.Co. and Eudora can't be held accountable for any money. You seem to think you know a lot about her, but you don't know crap about her personal life. But here's a news flash for you.... she doesn't get support from her dad to take care of her kids, she gets it from "their" dad, which is where it should come from, along with the fact that she works. Now she has to fear for her life every time she goes to work.

awal587 3 years, 4 months ago

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/aug/08/eudora-police-officer-arrested-after-incident-outh/#c1712637 I'm sorry you're right. I did assume you were male from the aggression in your comments. Either way, I'm sure you're very proud of the life your daughter has carved out for herself.

sanerw 3 years, 4 months ago

They apparently didn't have any problems with her as a driver as she had picked them up once before the same night. If they didn't like how she drove, they had the right to refuse her as a driver and request someone else.

releah0225 3 years, 4 months ago

from what I can see all we have is her side of the story. she states she didn't know anything was wrong so perhaps he was not lunging to attack her but standing and trying to get her attention when he lost balance falling onto her hitting his head on the way. with the amount of blood and the injury being next to his eye it is possible that he had blood in his eyes and was unable to see. this would cause anyone to be grasping around. being a person who does drink I do know how easy it is to lose balance while in a moving vehicle trying to stand. as her own father says she is a single mom who tries to make money any way she can. how do we know she is not making this into a bigger incident than it really is so she can try to sue and get money out of him. I want to hear his side before condeming him.

KansasPerson 3 years, 4 months ago

I am not familiar with this taxi/van. Do passengers stand up while riding in it?

dtwidwell1 3 years, 4 months ago

So a single mom trying to make money any way she can means she will claim an off duty drunk police officer tried to choke her? It almost sounds like you are excusing his behavior because he was drunk but attacking her because she works hard to support her kids. I am trying to see how she could possibly profit off this. The police department can't be held liable since he was off duty and I am pretty sure he is not independently wealthy. This sounds like a very scary incident for her and I for one don't see how this could be her fault.

sanerw 3 years, 4 months ago

She's not getting any money out of this. What is wrong with you? She got choked by him and this is called assault and she wants him punished, nothing more and nothing less!

sanerw 3 years, 4 months ago

She's not getting any money out of this. What is wrong with you? She got choked by him and this is called assault and she wants him punished, nothing more and nothing less!

redneck 3 years, 4 months ago

Being drunk is no excuse dude! And what is up with trying to stand up in a moving van?

jaywalker 3 years, 4 months ago

Innocent until proven guilty. Hope he didn't behave like that.

sanerw 3 years, 4 months ago

Was that another sarcastic remark Larry? LOL vertigo, I sent you a message in your in-box.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 4 months ago

Not sarcasm...You got me! LOL! Apologies for not following my own advice to use /s to indicate attitude (vertigo got it right).

sanerw 3 years, 4 months ago

Was that another sarcastic remark Larry? LOL vertigo, I sent you a message in your in-box.

FarneyMac 3 years, 4 months ago

Driving a cab = swimming with sharks?

Sounds like the officer is not the only drunken idiot in this article.

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