BEATRICE – What started as a check on a fictitious plate, ended with the arrest of a Blue Springs man on several charges.
Early Tuesday, a Gage County Sheriff’s Deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle in Blue Springs, for having fictitious plates. Sheriff Millard Gustafson says the stop came after authorities had received several complaints of the vehicle. The deputy caught up to the car turning into a residential driveway.
When the occupants got out of the car, several persons came out of the residence. Authorities say 59-year-old Steven Lee Hurley came toward a deputy, brandishing a crowbar. The deputy called for assistance. The man put the crowbar down before an investigator and another deputy arrived.
Officers say Hurley and several other males argued with the officers about the traffic stop. An officer told the female driver the license plates would have to be taken as evidence. Authorities say that’s when Hurley became aggressive and was told to move away back.
Hurley took the plate from the front of the vehicle and walked into the home. Told he was under arrest for obstruction, Hurley allegedly came back out, wielding an aluminum bat.
A deputy drew his gun and told the man to drop the bat. Another male jumped between the officer and Hurley and took the bat from him. The deputy started to place Hurley under arrest, but he allegedly grabbed the officer and began wrestling with him. An investigator who came to the officer’s aid was tackled by another man and assaulted by a third male.
The investigator was able to break free and the officers eventually gained control of Hurley.
He’s been booked for assault on an officer, use of a weapon to commit a felony, resisting arrest, obstruction and tampering with evidence.
The license plates were turned over to officers by the female driver, who was cited and released. The two sheriff’s officers had minor injuries.