Injured SPD Officer Remains Hospitalized, Suspect Charged
A man who allegedly ran over a Springfield police officer with his SUV this week is now charged with two felonies.
Greene County prosecutors Wednesday charged 28-year-old Jon Routh, with assaulting a special victim and armed criminal action. Prosecutors allege Routh ran over officer, Mark Priebe, Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Springfield Police headquarters. Court documents say Priebe tried to get Routh to stop his vehicle after Routh urinated on the front door of the station, but Routh accelerated and ran over Priebe. Another officer then shot Routh who was treated and then taken to the Greene County Jail.
Priebe is recovering after sustaining extensive and serious injuries. Those include multiple rib fractures and a spinal cord injury, the Springfield Police Department said in a statement.
Priebe had surgery to stabilize his spine, and according to the police department, the surgery went well.
A fund has been set up for Priebe’s family. To donate, click here.