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Ore.: Man throws legs at Officer



January 23, 2006

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Ore.: Man throws legs at Officer

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The Associated Press

Ore. — A Southern Oregon man was arrested during a traffic stop this weekend after hurling his prosthetic legs at a state trooper, the authorities said.

Joel Kackstetter, 53, of Chemult was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by a trooper for driving the wrong direction on Highway 97.

According to an Oregon State Police report, trooper Don Newcomb asked the driver, Adam Kackstetter, 26, to leave the sport utility vehicle after smelling alcohol on his breath. The driver refused, but a shouting Joel Kackstetter got out and told Newcomb that he would rip his head off.

Adam Kackstetter then left the SUV and approached Newcomb from behind. Newcomb handcuffed him, but Joel Kackstetter continued to threaten the trooper.

"The passenger stated that he had an AK-47 and a bullet with my name on it as he walked away from the vehicles towards the woods," Newcomb wrote in the OSP report.

Newcomb took the driver to the patrol car and then chased Joel Kackstetter, eventually kicking him from behind.

After falling to the ground, Joel Kackstetter threw both of his legs at Newcomb, the report states. One hit the trooper in the chest and the other missed him.

Joel Kackstetter was booked Saturday in the Klamath County Jail on suspicion of menacing, assaulting an officer, interference with an officer, criminal conspiracy and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $45,000.

Adam Kackstetter also was taken to the county jail. He was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, resisting arrest and attempted assault of an officer. His blood-alcohol level was 0.10 percent four hours after the incident, according to the OSP report.

His bail was set at $20,000.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.






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