PDT Staff Writer
A Lucasville man has been arrested and charged with attempted vehicular assault on a police officer after reportedly attempting to run over two Greenup County deputies. Jason Hatfield, 34, was taken into custody in Greenup County, Ky., and was in the process of being extradited back to Ohio to face more charges.
Sheriff Marty V. Donini said the incident occurred when a deputy was on patrol and was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Saturday at Big Sandy warehouse in Franklin Furnace. When the deputy pulled in he reportedly observed a truck with the back tag covered up. The deputy attempted to stop the suspicious vehicle when it took off at a high rate of speed. Deputies were in pursuit of the truck when it went across the bridge into Kentucky. The Greenup County Sheriff’s Office was notified to assist in stopping the vehicle.
The driver of the suspect vehicle attempted to run over two of the Greenup County deputies then lost control in a parking lot were the two occupants jumped out of the truck and took off on foot. The driver of the truck was apprehended on foot by Scioto County deputies. The passenger was able to flee the area on foot. After the driver of the vehicle was interviewed deputies had enough information to pick up an Ironton man, Joshua A. Farmer, 29, for questioning.
Farmer was located at his girlfriends apartment in the Queensberry Apartments in Wheelersburg.
After both suspects had been interviewed, deputies learned that the two were breaking into Big Sandy when approached by deputies. It was during the interviews the suspects reportedly admitted to stealing a tractor out of South Webster and a Jeep from a car lot in Ironton. Both the tractor and jeep were recovered in Scioto County.
Farmer has been charged with complicity to breaking & entering a felony of the fifth degree and was incarcerated in the Scioto County jail on a $2,500 bond. Hatfield, the driver of the vehicle, was placed in the Greenup County jail. He has been charged with attempted vehicular assault on a police officer a felony of the 1st degree. Hatfield will be extradited back to Ohio to face more charges.
Sheriff Marty V. Donini said that more charges will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury at a later date on both suspects to include the stolen Jeep and the stolen tractor.
Donini said anyone with any information concerning the case should contact Detective Dan Malone at 740-351-1099.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at firstname.lastname@example.org