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Police arrest Leland man after struggle

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By Jackie Torok

Managing Editor

 

A 41-year-old Leland man is accused of assaulting two Leland police officers during a struggle Thursday night.

Joseph Allan Lambert, of 1335 Randal Floyd Drive, is charged with assault on a government official, felony assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, resisting a public officer and driving while impaired, Leland Police Lt. Joseph R. Pierce said in a news release.

Police were dispatched to 1613 Grandiflora Drive about 10 p.m. Thursday in response to a disturbance, Pierce said. Sgt. John Keel stopped a vehicle on Grandiflora Drive that matched the description of the one described as having been involved in the disturbance.

The driver of the vehicle, Lambert, became hostile and attacked Keel, Pierce said. Officer Ernie Mejia arrived to assist Keel as he and the driver fell to the ground. After a 3-minute struggle, the two officers subdued and arrested Lambert.

Keel and Lambert were treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington and released.

Lambert’s bail initially was set at $50,000, but at his first appearance in court Friday, the district attorney’s office asked that his bond be increased to $100,000 and that he be placed on electronic house arrest. The request was granted, Pierce said.

Jackie Torok is the managing editor of the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or editor@brunswickbeacon.com.