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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 4:33 pm | Updated: 10:29 am, Thu Aug 18, 2011.

A likely challenger in the recall against state Senate President Russell Pearce filed a police report that a padlock was thrown from a truck and struck him in the groin.

Charter school executive Jerry Lewis was hit about 6:30 a.m. Saturday while jogging with another person near Brown and Harris roads, Mesa police said Tuesday. Lewis reported seeing a passenger stick his hand out of the truck.

"All of a sudden he feels himself hit in the groin. It hurts," Mesa police Sgt. Ed Wessing said.

After, Lewis's jogging partner found a padlock in the road.

Lewis described the truck as a white, lifted Chevrolet pickup with chrome rims. It was pulling a black trailer. The passenger was a man about 35 to 40 years old with short brown hair, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt. Police took the lock into evidence and will determine if they can recover fingerprints, Wessing said.

Lewis declined medical attention at the scene.

Lewis signaled interest in mounting a campaign more than a week ago and plans to make a formal announcement Wednesday morning in Mesa.



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