Kansas man on mower attacks police with screwdriver, wrench

Posted at 3:32 PM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 16:32:01-04

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Authorities say a man driving a lawn mower on a western Kansas street attacked officers with a screwdriver and wrench when they attempted to arrest him.

Garden City police said in a news release that officers knew 53-year-old Lonnie Farris had a suspended driver's license and attempted to stop him just before noon Wednesday.

The release says he failed to comply with directions and lunged at officers with a screwdriver, striking one officer in the back. The release says Farris then attempted to stab at officers with a wrench.

He was booked into the Finney County Jail on suspicion of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, making criminal threats, interference and driving with a suspended license. The release says the driving while suspended charge would be his 13th.