(Springfield News Leader) – Springfield police announced Sunday evening that they have charged a suspect after a Saturday night incident in which police say an officer was dragged 150 yards by a fleeing pickup truck.
Jeffrey Lyon Jr. was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a crash, according to a release from the Springfield Police Department.
Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, Officer Clinton Laws located a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Casey’s General Store at 1510 N Glenstone Ave, according to the release.
After the driver refused to acknowledge Laws, he attempted to open the truck door, when the driver put the car into reverse and began to back up, the release said.
With Laws now caught in the wheel well, the release said the driver fled westbound on Division Street, dragging Laws 150 yards until he became dislodged near Smith Park.
The release said Laws fired his weapon at the cab of the truck while being dragged in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but was unsuccessful.
After becoming freed from the truck, the release said Laws managed to call for backup as the truck continued westbound, and was taken to Mercy Hospital with significant injuries, including third-degree burns, once officers arrived.
After a short search, officers found the suspect vehicle, abandoned in an alley near the 1100 block of North Rogers Avenue.
Several agencies engaged in a search for the suspect, including the Springfield Police Department, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and security personnel from Evangel University.
Lyon Jr. was found near North Prospect Avenue and East Calhoun Street, and was taken into custody.
Lyon Jr. is being held in Greene County Jail on a $100,000 bond