Arrest Made in Aggravated Battery against Deputy Sheriff

Media Release Date: 
08/21/2014

Arrest Made in Aggravated Battery against Deputy Sheriff

On Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 a Douglas County Sheriff’s Lieutenant was driving south on the Clinton Lake dam at approximately 3:30 PM, returning to the scene of a fatality bicycle accident near Lone Star. The Lieutenant noticed a vehicle that was following him at an average distance had slowed and significantly increased the following distance.  Moments later the Lieutenant observed, in his rear view mirror, the vehicle approaching at high speed.  He initially thought the driver was preparing to pass, but then realized the driver intended to ram his patrol car.  The driver forcefully struck the rear of the patrol car causing the Lieutenant, who was wearing a seatbelt, to strike the steering wheel.  When the vehicles came to a stop, the Lieutenant exited the patrol car and cautiously approached the suspect’s vehicle while requesting assistance from other deputies.  When he reached the vehicle the Lieutenant determined the suspect was injured and called for medical units to respond.  He then provided first aid until medical personnel arrived.  The driver was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital before being transferred to another facility for additional treatment. 

The Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Lawrence Police Department in investigating the incident.  The police investigation determined the driver of the vehicle, Daniel Caton, allegedly struck the Deputy’s vehicle with the intent to harm himself and the deputy.  Information indicates he first observed the deputy’s vehicle near 23rd and Louisiana Street and followed the deputy to the Clinton Lake dam before ramming him. 

Investigators forwarded information to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for charging review.  An arrest warrant for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer was issued by a Douglas County District Judge and Mr. Caton was arrested yesterday on this charge.  The Lieutenant was shaken up by the incident, received a medical examination, and has returned to work.