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Officer assaulted during overnight traffic stop

Posted: Updated: Oct 21, 2013 11:17 AM CDT

By: Hannah Paczkowski

Early this morning, officer Luke Bonkiewiscz pulled over 30-year-old Alejandro Guzman for a routine traffic stop. His car didn't have license plates.

"As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver opened his door, observed in plain view was a small baggie of narcotics," Officer Katie Flood said.

Police say after Bonkiewisz asked for the bag, Guzman refused. That's when police say Guzman lunged from the car to fight the police officer.

Bonkiewicz suffered minor cuts and scrapes, and his police radio was damaged during the fight. Resulting in a $5-thousand loss.

Guzman has been convicted of many assaults in the past, including some against police officers. He was sentenced in 2005 for third degree assault on an officer, and an attempted assault on an officer in the first degree.

"Alejandro Guzman is a convicted felon that was just paroled in August of this year," Flood said.

Which raises the question, do we need to get tougher on repeat offenders?

Earlier this month, State Senator Brad Ashford told Channel 8 Eyewitness News, Nebraska's prisons need to change.

"People are getting out and committing significant crimes, the prison population is significantly in crisis and so we need dramatic reform," he said.

A reform that could result in changes to the Good Time Law, or any other ideas to help convicted felons on parole. A subject that could be discussed in Friday's Justice Reinforcement Committee meeting at the State Capitol.

 Alejandro Guzman is facing multiple charges after today's arrest, not only for assaulting an officer, but also possessing a stolen firearm and narcotics.

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