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Police: Drugs Found on Driver Who Struck Cop in N. Columbus

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A driver was carrying drugs when he crashed into a disabled car on the side of a busy highway on Thursday, injuring a police officer who was helping stranded motorists.

Authorities have charged Jarrett Lumpkin with two counts of aggravated vehicular assault in connection with the crash that occurred on I-71 Southbound near North Broadway at approximately 11:10 a.m.

Lumpkin lost control of his Dodge Charger and slammed into a disabled car that had been involved in a nine-car crash on the highway, according to police. That car then hit Officer Judith Lawrence, who was providing assistance to victims of the pileup.

"Luckily she did have a car between her and the car that made the impact, nonetheless it pushed that car into her and knocked her down," Columbus Division of Police Spokesperson Sgt. Rich Weiner said.

Lawrence, 52, was pinned under the car's front bumper for several minutes. Emergency responders freed the officer, and rushed her to Riverside Hospital with a broken ankle and cuts to her head.

Police administered an OVI test to Lumpkin -- who was driving under a suspended license -- at the scene of the crash, which led to his arrest. Officers then found an undisclosed type of narcotic in his shoe after he was transported to the Franklin County Jail. Lumpkin's bail amount has been set at $25,000.

Lawrence -- a 28-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police -- will be forced to undergo surgery to repair her broken ankle.
 
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