Nebraska man admits cop assault
A Nebraska man has admitted to assaulting a Stillwater County Sheriff’s deputy after crashing his car on I-90 last year.
Jason Jurgens, 42, pleaded guilty last week to one felony count of assault of a peace officer and misdemeanor counts of possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Jurgens admitted that in August 2014, while driving on I-90, he crashed his vehicle and then fought with two deputies who were trying to get him out of the car, causing injury to at least one of the deputies. Jurgens also said that an EMT had to use a tranquilizer to calm him down.
In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors will dismiss a second felony count of assault of a peace officer and will recommend a 6-year deferred sentence. That means the crime could be removed from Jurgen’s record if he successfully completes probation.
Sentencing was set for January 2017.
According to court documents, on Aug. 4, 2015, sheriff’s deputies, MHP and Columbus Fire Rescue were dispatched to a traffic accident on I-90. They found Jurgens’ vehicle at the bottom of a ditch about 150 yards from a damaged guard rail, with the front passenger side wheel assembly completely destroyed or missing.
Jurgens was still in the vehicle but when Deputy Renzle Crain questioned him, Jurgens allegedly got out of the car and physically attacked the deputy “drawing blood” and causing bruises and abrasions, according to court documents.
Chief Investigator Deputy Woody Claunch tried to help subdue Jurgens, but all three men ended up on the ground with Jurgens scratching Crain, kicking Claunch and “making movements toward Claunch’s belt in an attempt to gain access to his duty weapon,” according to court documents.
It took additional law enforcement and medical first responders to get Jurgens restrained, with the deputies noting he appeared to have “abnormal strength and stamina” they attributed to him being on a drug-induced high.
Claunch saw a drug pipe in plain view on the floor of the vehicle.
The car was impounded and the following day, with a search warrant, lawmen found the pipe, a plastic bag that tested positive for marijuana and a 24-ounce bottle of margarita mix.