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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Suspect fleeing traffic stop allegedly strikes Tabor, Iowa, police officer

  • Tabor Police reserve officer Jared Johnson was struck by a vehicle when the driver allegedly fled a traffic stop at about 12:41 a.m. April 20.
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  • Tabor Police reserve officer Jared Johnson was struck by a vehicle when the driver allegedly fled a traffic stop at about 12:41 a.m. April 20.
    Tabor Police reserve officers Derek Aistrope and Johnson conducted a traffic stop of a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Larry Charles Smith, 56, of Tabor in the 500 Block of Main Street in Tabor. Smith allegedly refused to comply with officers, driving away and striking Johnson with his vehicle.
    Officers pursued Smith to his residence in Tabor where officers say Smith ran inside and locked the door.
    Tabor officers, along with Fremont County deputies, made entry into the residence. A Taser was deployed to subdue Smith and take him into custody.
    Johnson was transported by Tabor Rescue to the Shenandoah Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Smith was transported to Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg by Tabor Rescue where he was treated for minor injuries.
    Subsequent to his arrest, a search warrant was obtained and executed on Smith’s residence and vehicle. Smith was charged with two count of assault on a police officer, two counts of interference with official acts, operating while intoxicated, driving while revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to provide security against liability. Further charges are pending. His bond was set at $19,573 cash only.

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