Man arrested for ramming patrol car

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 07:31 PM

A Trinity man has been jailed after ramming a police cruiser with his pickup truck.
Vernon Timothy Dehart, of 3863 Fox Meadow Road in Trinity, was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflicting serious injury, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, and one count of driving while impaired.
On Tuesday evening at 8:22 p.m., Officer J.A. Jeffries responded to the 300 block of Gregg Street after receiving a call about a suspected intoxicated driver in a 1993 Ford pickup.
“The call came in that someone was driving erratically in the area, “ said Capt. C.M. Denny.
He saw a vehicle matching the description, but before he could initiate contact, Dehart accelerated toward the officer, hitting his patrol vehicle, according to police.
The crash happened at the intersection of Gregg Street and Robert Lane.
“Once he arrived, he stopped to see if he could detect any erratic driving. Once the subject saw the officer, he pulled out and hit him,” Denny said.
Police Chief Shannon Craddock said Jeffries’ injuries included a bruised hand, and he was treated and released from High Point Regional Hospital.
“Officer Jeffries is doing well, although a little sore,” Denny said. “He is hoping to be back to work by the end of this week.”
Dehart currently is being held in the Randolph County Jail under a $1 million bond.
The investigation is still ongoing.
“We are trying to get all of the loose ends taken care of and reports from the Highway Patrol in,” Denny said. “We are going to send the blood that we took to measure his blood alcohol content level to the state lab, so we will be waiting on that.”
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