Archive for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Trial begins for man accused of injuring Lawrence police officer, damaging vision

May 18, 2011, 5:40 p.m. Updated May 19, 2011, 8:36 a.m.


During Wednesday’s opening of a trial for a 20-year-old Lawrence man accused of injuring a Lawrence police officer in February, two doctors testified the officer’s vision was dramatically affected by an eye injury he received.

Prosecutors accuse Louis Galloway Jr. of striking officer Jonathon Evinger in the face during an early-morning traffic stop Feb. 26 in the 2100 block of West 26th Street.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Dr. Toni Reynolds said Evinger came into the emergency room on an ambulance with bruising to his face and left eye and that he had suffered from a concussion.

“He had confusion to the event and was suffering basically amnesia as to what happened to him,” Reynolds testified.

She said Evinger’s vision had become intensely blurry and was recorded at 20/200 at one point before it improved in subsequent days.

Dr. Scott Hickman, an ophthalmologist, said most of Evinger’s vision has returned to normal except for his peripheral vision. Evinger has not yet returned to full duty as a patrol officer.

The doctors said a blunt force would have caused the injury, but upon cross-examination from defense attorney Michael Clarke, both said they did not perform a forensic examination to determine what caused the injury.

Police have said Galloway was stopped after he was suspected of stealing 14 cases of beer from a hotel, but prosecutors have dropped misdemeanor charges related to the theft.

They are asking jurors to convict Galloway of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer for Evinger’s injuries and misdemeanors including assault and battery on another Lawrence officer, Stephen Ramsdell.

The trial is expected to conclude Thursday.


Pywacket 7 years ago


(proofreader for hire--freelance ;-)

If convicted, the creep ought to be locked up long enough to make him think about it, then he should do a couple of years of community service. Why did they drop the theft charge, anyway? I hate the games that are played on behalf of thuggish, violent criminals.

wmathews 7 years ago

I updated that, Py. Thanks for catching it.

doc1 7 years ago

Haha. Blue Harley. That pic has him setting next to a Pit Bull.

Paula Kissinger 7 years ago

They don't work...they are professional criminals

Paula Kissinger 7 years ago

They don't work...they are professional criminals

somedude20 7 years ago

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somedude20 7 years ago

That was not very must be going through Whopper withdraw Whitney!

and the apple did not fall far from the tree with this young punk

somedude20 7 years ago

I like the word nugget as it just sounds funny to say and hear like the words moist, succulent and scrumptious

Charlie Bannister 7 years ago

I was on call for jury duty this week but did not get picked. This might have been an interesting one to sit in on. If he did what they say and damaged this officer, lock him up for a good long while and make him pay the officer some restitution (% of every paycheck) for the rest of his life. Of course if he is a professional criminal and does not hold a job like I am hearing, then it would be like getting blood out of a turnip.

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