PITTSBURG — A Weir man is in jail today, after allegedly running over Pittsburg man Sunday.
According to a press release from the Crawford County Sheriff's Offices, on Sunday deputies were dispatched to Banjo’s Restaurant and Bar, 134 S. 69 Highway, in reference to a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle. Deputies found Jacob Lawrence Gardner, 29, of Pittsburg, suffering from injuries after being run over by a vehicle in the parking lot of Banjo’s.
Witnesses told deputies a 2012 Chevrolet pickup ran over Gardner. The vehicle was located still on the lot. The driver, Justin Edward Krogen, 28, of Weir, was also located at the scene. Krogen was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence, aggravated battery, possession of hallucinogens and driving in violation of restrictions.
Gardner was taken by Crawford County EMS to Pittsburg Airport where he was flown by helicopter to Freeman Medical Center in Joplin. Gardner was in serious condition at the time of transport. As of Monday afternoon he was listed in stable condition.
In a first appearance in Girard Monday, Kroger was charged with aggravated battery and felony DUI. Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso said additional charges are pending.
Gayoso requested $100,000 bond, however bond was set at $15,000 which Krogen made Monday afternoon. Attorney Jason Wiske was appointed to represent Krogen and the next court hearing will be 1 p.m. Feb. 29 in Girard.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.