A Wood River man is heading to prison after he attempted to run down a police officer. 23 year old Matthew Lane of the 600 block of North Wood River Avenue was sentenced to ten years in jail after pleading guilty to attempted first degree murder as part of a plea deal. Police were attempting to stop Lane as he was driving a stolen car last January.
During the incident, authorities say Lane (pictured) drove the vehicle at Wood River Police Officer Daniel Bunt, who was able to get out of the way and fire a shot at the vehicle. Neither Bunt, nor Lane, were injured and Lane was taken into custody a short time later and has been in jail ever since. Prosecutors pushed for a strong sentence based on the seriousness of the crime and his extensive criminal history. Lane's defense attorney said the defendant was high on drugs at the time of his arrest and had a troubled childhood. He will receive credit for time served, and could only serve about half his time in jail. Judge Richard Tognarelli also ordered Lane to earn his GED and seek drug counseling, in addition to the prison term.
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