Homer teens enter pleas to theft, assault charges

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer teen pleaded no contest to fourth-degree assault for trying to ram a stolen van into an off-duty police officer in May.

Christopher Lusardi, 19, also pleaded no contest to fourth-degree criminal negligence.

Two other teens, Andrew Palmer, 18, and Kasey Lang, 16, entered pleas Monday to charges related to Lusardi's case.

Palmer pleaded no contest to first-degree vehicle theft and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance for having cocaine in his possession. Lang pleaded no contest to third- and fourth-degree assault and first-degree vehicle theft.

Lusardi and Lang had pulled into police officer Chris Sims' Hillside driveway May 17 to turn their van around. Sims came out of his house and said he was a police officer.

Lusardi then drove the van toward Sims, who grabbed onto the car's hood for about 60 yards.

Palmer, who was not in the van, was arrested later that day.

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