News Release
August 07, 2007
Thomas Murphy

Sparta Man Charged With Meth; Arrested After Crashing Vehicle Through Convenience Store

AUG 7 -- SPRINGFIELD, Mo. John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Sparta, Mo., man was charged in a federal criminal complaint with being in possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Today’s complaint follows an arrest over the weekend that involved an attempt to escape by driving a vehicle into a convenience store.

Lane Bohmont, 23, of Sparta, was charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in a federal criminal complaint filed this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mo.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Bohmont was sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of Signal Food Store, 2810 E. Battlefield Rd., in Springfield on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 4. Several police officers parked their vehicles behind Bohmont’s Nissan 350Z while another officer approached Bohmont. When Bohmont appeared to be reaching into the back seat floorboard, the affidavit says, the officer pointed his service weapon at Bohmont and ordered him to get his hands up.

Bohmont then placed the car in reverse and drove backwards, according to the affidavit, striking one of the patrol cars and striking one of the officers on his right leg. Bohmont placed the car in drive and drove forward into the Signal Food Store, crashing into a wall and causing damage to the store.

An officer deployed his taser, the affidavit says, striking Bohmont on the left back shoulder area.  Bohmont allegedly continued to struggle with officers and broke free from them, running towards the northeast. The officers were eventually able to take Bohmont into custody after a long struggle.

During a search of Bohmont’s vehicle, officers found several ziplock-style bags containing methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as three handguns and ammunition, according to the affidavit.

Wood cautioned that the charge contained in the complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.