A routine transport taking an inmate to the Miller County Jail proves to be anything but routine for a Lake Ozark police officer. Chief Gary Launderville says the sequence of events started when officers responded to a domestic call on Ballenger Road. The suspect, Mitchell Hooker, was injured while being detained and brought to the hospital for treatment. From there, while being transported to the Miller County Jail, that’s when the unexpected happened.
Backup officers responding to the area around highway-52 and Hall Store Road were able to bring Hooker under control and detain him again before finishing his one-way ride to the county jail. Hooker is expected to be charged in connection to the original domestic call as well as for the, alleged, assault on the officer during transport. The officer suffered a hand injury and will, likely, miss a couple days of work.