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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Leland Police officer was beaten Thursday night while trying to give a field sobriety test.

Warrants show Sgt. J. Keel possibly has a fractured elbow and needed stitches for cuts on his head and arm.

Sgt. Keel was attempting to give Joseph Allan Lambert a sobriety test, but police say Lambert came out of the car swinging. The warrant says the suspect repeatedly punched and kicked officer Keel in the face.

Leland Police say Lambert was charged with assault on a government official, felony assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, resisting a public officer and DWI. Police say Lambert’s bond was set at $50,000, but at his first court appearance the judge granted a motion to increase his bond to $100,000 and that Lambert be placed on electronic house arrest.

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  • GuestBullisht

    Civil disobedience kicked up to a new level.

  • Guest1313

    No, it’s just another day for a cop. Incidents like this happen so frequently for cops that it’s rare that it ever gets reported in the news. That is usually reserved when they media can place the officer in a bad light. Normally, the media couldn’t care less what happens to the officer.

  • Christine Marlowe

    Prayers going out to John!!

  • LelandGal

    Hope that Officer Keel will be okay…

  • Susan K

    Many of us have heard that alcohol impairs judgment. Mr. Lambert is living proof; of course, if he had any sense in the first place!

  • Guest28403

    If the cop had gotten much worse he would have been justified it putting two slugs in the guy honestly and nobody would have blamed him. Drunk idiots like this guy deserve to be locked in a cage for a long time which he likely will get. The DUI is one thing the assault on the cop is a big fat felony along with resisting arrest. So what would have been a slap on the wrist is going to be a major criminal record for life.

  • PublicAvenger

    Looking at this bum’s picture, it looks like the police officer fought back.

  • Guest123123

    Please get your facts straight. The percentage of officers assaulted on vehicle stops would have to be very low. I made hundreds of stops in 17 years of work and only 1 turned into a problem. Please resign from the force or have your family member resign before they get hurt.

  • Guest1313

    If you do some checking, you’ll find that nationwide, officers being assaulted occurs more frequently than you may be aware of. Mostly officers, deputies or troopers working alone. The majority of incidents are quickly controlled by the officer, but it does occur. I have been doing this for almost 30 years and have seen or been involved in many incidents of drivers resisting arrest to the point of assaulting officers. As for the percentage of officers that are at the point of being overwhelmed, I couldn’t say. I’m sure that somewhere, someone keeps those stats. As for your 17 year streak of only having one incident being a problem, consider yourself very fortunate.

  • SnatchHammer

    Hmmmm a few questions. First do people usually jump out of a car and assault police officers unprovoked? Second he was charged w/ DWI because he was too intoxicated to drive, yet he was able to beat up an armed(gun, pepper spray,etc.) officer? I bet the video recording on this stop gets lost. I feel if the officer doesn’t have the hand to hand combat training, to immobilize someone who is too intoxicated to drive, he shouldn’t be allowed to continue working the job for safety reasons. That’s my opinion lets hear what you have to say.

  • Guest9743

    Good observation SnatchHammer, I wouldn’t bet against you on that video getting lost because I’d lose the bet!!!


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