Kansas man on mower attacks police with screwdriver, wrench

Lonnie Farris
Lonnie Farris Courtesy photo

A man driving a lawn mower on a Garden City street was taken into custody Wednesday after attacking police officers attempting to make a traffic stop.

According to a news release from the Garden City Police Department, Lonnie Farris, 53, of Garden City was driving a riding lawn mower in the 300 block of North Ninth Street just before noon on Wednesday when officers attempted to arrest him.

Police were familiar with Farris, the release said, and knew that he had a suspended driver’s license. As officers attempted to apprehend Farris, he grabbed a screwdriver and lunged at an officer in a stabbing motion, striking the officer in the back, the release said.

He also attempted to stab an officer with a wrench, the release said. Farris was eventually arrested and booked into the Finney County Jail on suspicion of two counts of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, making criminal threats and driving with a suspended license, among other possible charges.

The driving while suspended charge would be Farris’s 13th, the release said. No officers were injured.

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath