Officer injured, patrol car damaged during DUI bust

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2003

A Kenai police officer was cut in the eye by flying glass during a drunk-driving incident on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Bridge Access Road early Sunday morning.

Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Kalifornsky Beach Road at about 4 a.m. The caller said the driver was walking away from the vehicle.

When troopers arrived, they reportedly saw a pickup truck being backed out of a driveway by a man matching the description of the driver from the vehicle in the ditch.

Troopers attempted to stop the pickup, but the driver allegedly began driving down the road to where the first vehicle was in the ditch.

The pickup stopped, and Joshua R. Edmondson, 21, of Kenai, got out and reportedly became argumentative. A trooper report also said he was intoxicated.

He was told he was under arrest and reportedly resisted but was put in the rear of a patrol vehicle. He then managed to get out of the seat belts and allegedly began kicking the rear window of the trooper vehicle.

Kenai police officer Jay Sjogren was approaching the patrol vehicle when Edmondson allegedly kicked out the window, sending glass into the officer's eyes.

Sjogren was treated at the scene by Central Emergency Services medics and was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital to have glass fragments removed from his eyes. He was treated for two lacerations to the eye and released.

Edmondson was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of eluding, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, third- and fourth-degree assault on a police officer, first-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Damage to the patrol vehicle was estimated at more than $500.

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