[ QUOTE ] The man he hit, Officer Paul Lawson, is recovering but he might have suffered permanent damage from his injuries. Officer Lawson was working a traffic detail in the Old Market when he tried to stop a van from leaving the area. Lawson ended up holding onto the van as it swerved three times trying to knock him off. County Attorney Stu Dornan says, "Three separate attempts were made to intentionally kill the officer." Witnesses tell police that the driver swerved into or toward three objects trying to get Lawson off his van. Lawson finally fell off after the van smashed into a parked truck. The suspect fled but police later noticed the van back in the Old Market and the chase ensued, culminating in Lange's arrest. Lange was charged with Second Degree Attempted Murder, a charge the defense wanted reduced, but Judge Jeffrey Marcuzzo kept the original charge and ordered Lange to district court for trial. Officer Lawson's injuries are more serious than first thought. He had swelling of the brain and a possible concussion. Two bones in his leg were broken, as were two or three ribs. Lawson also suffered several cuts and bruises. In court on Monday, prosecutors told the judge that Lawson would need another three to four months of therapy before doctors can determine to full extent of his injuries. [/ QUOTE ](Note; the officer was on foot patrole) If I was that officer, I would have let go, got the plate # and let another unit pull him over. I respect the officer for doing his job, but it's not worth getting messed up over.