A Monroe County Sheriff's Lieutenant was injured while trying to apprehend a man following a reported theft at the Brockport Walmart this morning.
The Sheriff's Office responded to the Brockport Walmart around 4:30 a.m. today (6/18) after the manager called to report multiple suspects stole a sound bar and fled the store.
A short time later an Ogden Police Sergeant was able to track down the vehicle on Route 531 at Manitou Road and the vehicle was pulled over with help from some deputies.
While the Ogden Sgt and a MCSO deputy were removing the rear passenger, MCSO Lieutenant Kevin Schoepfel and another deputy were removing the driver.
While that was happening, the front seat passenger slid to the drivers seat, put the vehicle in gear and sped off.
Lt. Schoepfel tried to prevent the suspect from getting away in the vehicle but ended up being dragged by the car several feet. He suffered abrasions, a sprained knee and sprained ankle.
The new driver, Memzel Stewart ended up ditching the vehicle east of Elmgrove Road and made it on foot into the woods south of Rt. 531. More deputies arrived on seen and Stewart was taken into custody without further incident.
After all that went on the charges are as follows:
Memzel Stewart (42-year-old parole absconder)
- 2nd Degree Assault (D-Felony)
- 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment (D-Felony)
- Unauthorized Use Of A Motor Vehicle (D-Felony)
- Unlawful Fleeing A Police Officer In A Motor Vehicle
- Pete Larceny
- Resisting Arrest
Michael Sweet (33-year-old)
- Petite Larceny
The original driver was not charged.