Pike County, Ohio – A man from Ohio has been charged with attempted murder after intentionally hitting an officer with his vehicle while driving, inflicting serious injuries on him.
According to a press statement from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, police were trying to arrest a 48-year-old male from Adams County on outstanding warrants for previous firearms charges on March 4 around 9 a.m.
This is when police say the individual, who was driving a tan Buick, ignored officers’ orders and drove his car towards the police, reportedly turning his vehicle towards them and purposely hitting one of the task force members.
According to the statement, deputies opened fire on the suspect in an effort to prevent him from posing a threat as he was driving through a fence and into a culvert, leaving the area.
Police said he struck his car into the back of a Pike County Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle on Beavers Ridge Rd. after leading them on a vehicle chase that ended up on Beavers Ridge Rd.
The injured officer was placed into a task force vehicle and transported to the hospital, where he was met by E.M.S. on the route and airlifted to Grant Hospital in Columbus
The suspect, who was in possession of a weapon, was taken into custody without any further incident, while the suspect’s passenger, a 31-year-old woman, left the scene on foot but was apprehended by Adams County Sheriff’s Deputies shortly after.
The woman has been charged with aggravated drug trafficking as well as possession of meth.
A Grand Jury in Pike County will evaluate the case and determine if more charges should be filed.