Lincoln Police Officer Assaulted: Response to a Wild Party Turned into an Assault

A wild party filled with intoxicated minors got out of hand when a Lincoln police officer was assaulted by a 17-year-old man who tried to flee. Below are the details of the case.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, a little before midnight, several officers responded to a complaint of a wild party going on in Lincoln, Nebraska. Officers reportedly found a party filled with around 150-200 drunk minors at 5820 Abigail Drive.

The responding authorities saw around 50 vehicles parked, many of them violating parking bylaws. The partygoers were seen with alcohol. They were walking on the neighbors’ properties, which had led to the noise and disturbances.

The house where the party was held had a strong smell of marijuana.

A Lincoln police officer got hold of a 17-year-old male outside the party who allegedly had containers of alcohol on him.

Although the officer asked him to stop and gave him several orders, the teenager tried to flee. This is when the cop caught hold of the male’s shoulders and they both fell to the ground.

The 17-year-old got defensive and allegedly started striking and elbowing the officer in his face many times. The cop tried his level best to get to his radio to ask for help, but couldn’t.

Eventually, the officer kicked the guy off him, but the teenager ran away from the area. Other officers tried to stop a vehicle they thought had picked up the fleeing suspect.

The driver of the vehicle was ordered to stop the car, but he ignored the police and hit a tree. When the officers went near the car, the driver accelerated again, prompting one of the officers to move out of the way so as not to get hurt.

The vehicle stopped a short distance from the spot where it had hit the tree and the driver was arrested.

The 17-year-old who had hit the cop when fleeing on foot was not in the car. However, several witnesses were able to help to identify the teenager. He was found in his home and was arrested for hitting a police officer.

The Lincoln police officer had multiple injuries to his right eye, mouth, and arm.

Later on, it was discovered that a 17-year-old female had thrown a party at her house when her parents were not in town. The girl was ticketed for possessing alcohol as a minor and maintaining a disorderly house.

Officer Angela Sands said, “This is pretty excessive. Normally when officers do respond to calls of loud parties, we usually will give warnings first, like you need to keep it quiet, we give warnings, but this was a wild party that had gotten out of control.”