Deputy: Suspect Rams Vanderburgh Co. Sheriffs' Patrol Car During Pursuit

Authorities say that a Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office deputy sustained minor injuries on Monday night after a suspect they were pursuing intentionally rammed the driver side door of a patrol car.

At approximately 9 p.m. on Monday, the Sheriff's Office says they responded to an address in the 200 block of Brookview Drive after a resident called 911 to report that that her brother, Jeremiah Jones, 32, of Fort Branch, was at her front door and refusing to leave.

The Sheriff's Office reports that Jones had left the scene in a blue Ford Explorer SUV by the time deputies arrived.

Deputies say, as they were filling out a harassment complaint from the victim, Jones returned to the scene, speeding down the street.

They say he skidded to a stop behind a patrol car, and then began shouting at the deputies.

Deputies report that Jones appeared at one point to be trying to take off his shirt in preparation to fight, and refused to obey their commands, even after being warned that a taser would be used on him.

They say that Jones then ran to his vehicle, speeding off and nearly striking a Sheriff’s parked cruiser.

Authorities say that Jones then turned his vehicle around, drove through the front yard of a residence, accelerated, and intentionally rammed the driver side door of the pursuing patrol car that had stopped in the roadway.

The impact shattered the windows of the patrol car and deployed the side airbags. Deputies say that Jones' Ford Explorer also struck a parked Toyota passenger vehicle after striking the patrol car.

Deputies report that Jones then exited his vehicle, opened the passenger side door of the patrol car and climbed inside. The deputy reports that he could not escape, and was forced to draw his service pistol, holding Jones at gunpoint until another deputy could arrive.

The responding sheriff’s deputy removed Jones from the patrol car and held him on the ground so that the initial pursuing deputy could crawl out of the passenger side of the cruiser.

Deputies say that during a struggle that lasted several minutes, Jones was tasered twice, and was eventually subdued and handcuffed.

Jones was then transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail.

The deputy involved in the pursuit sustained a laceration to his knee. Another deputy sustained minor abrasions while attempting to subdue Jones at the crash scene.

Jones has been charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Recklessness, Battery on a Public Safety Official and Resisting Law Enforcement.


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