Colorado Man Allegedly Escapes Laurel County Police Car, Fights with Officers


Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a non-injury traffic crash on I-75 on Saturday night at the 29 mile marker southbound after receiving a complaint of a speeding driver that struck 2 vehicles.

When officers arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation, they reportedly detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from the driver in question, John Schell of Colorado. Police conducted an investigation on this driver, and determined that he was under the influence.

While being transported to the Laurel County Detention Center, Schell allegedly began to create a disturbance in the backseat of the patrol car, hitting the caged area. According to the citation, he slipped his handcuffs from behind his back to in front of his body. Deputies then stopped their patrol vehicle and attempted to reposition the handcuffs when the suspect jumped from the backseat of the cruiser. Schell then reportedly attempted to run down the heavily traveled interstate.

A struggle between police and Schell occurred, where he allegedly struck both deputies, with one officer getting hit in the face. Officials detained the suspect, and resumed transporting him to the Laurel County Detention Center.

Schell was charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, two counts of 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment, 2nd Degree Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Failure to Produce Insurance Card.