A 57-year-old Lawrence man was arrested late Tuesday after he swung a footlong heavy metal chain as officers attempted to serve a municipal warrant, and a relative was later Tased and arrested after he tried to interfere, police say.
Carl Leory Athey and Edward Lee Athey, 61, of Lawrence, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a law enforcement officer and obstruction — in addition to failing to appear in municipal court — after 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, said officers went to a residence in the 100 block of Michigan Street to try to serve a municipal warrant. As officers tried to handcuff Carl Athey, McKinley said, he quickly reached into his jacket and pulled out a heavy metal chain, swinging it at the officers.
Athey dropped the chain after an officer drew his handgun, McKinley said, but Edward Athey later approached officers as they handcuffed Carl Athey. McKinley said an officer used his Taser to subdue Edward Athey after he had raised his fist “in what appeared to be an attempt to strike an officer.”
Both men are in Douglas County Jail and bond has not yet been set. Carl Athey faces a tougher charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.