Many weapons are used in assaults – knives, guns, baseball bats, rocks – even, on occasion, automobiles. In a recent case involving four Lackawanna county deputy sheriffs, a man was charged with a dozen criminal counts relating to assault for using his car in an attempt to run down two of the officers.
Two deputies arrived at the man’s home on Sep. 8, 2015 to serve a warrant for his arrest because he had failed to appear for a sentencing in connection with a previous conviction. The two deputies found the man sitting in a Jeep. When they approached, he drove across the lawn and accelerated toward the officers. Both officers were allegedly struck by the vehicle, but no details on any injuries were available.
The Jeep struck a curb and became undriveable. The defendant fled on foot and was not arrested until the next day. At the time of this arrest, the man was on probation for receiving stolen property, drunken driving and carrying a gun without a license. After being arrested for the alleged assault on the officers, the man again came before the judge who had earlier sentenced him to probation on the gun charge. The judge revoked the probation order and placed the man in Lackawanna County Prison on $100,000 bail.
The defendant in this case now faces a multiplicity of new criminal charges. However, he is still presumed to be innocent of these charges until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing serious criminal charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a useful evaluation of the charges and evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.
Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, “Charges filed for assault on Lackawanna County deputies,” Joseph Kohut, Sep. 18, 2015