Thursday, May 31, 2018

Policemen capture driver who fled, ran and broke into a garage

Lawrenceburg Now

A Lawrenceburg man was arrested after fleeing from a traffic stop, abandoning his vehicle and running away, being held at gunpoint, then breaking into a garage.

The events unfolded in the early hours Saturday after a Lawrenceburg Police officer on patrol came upon a motorist who was driving his vehicle in circles and flashing his headlights at the East Gaines Street/ Columbia Avenue intersection. When he noticed officers, the driver drove away, traveling the wrong way along the one-way street without turning on his headlights.

Police department reports show that officers followed the driver, later identified as Charles Jeffrey O’Neal, age 45, who is homeless. They pursued him at a slow speed until he reached East Taylor Street. At that point, they report that he accelerated, heading along College Avenue and Evergreen Street. Once he pulled onto Locust Avenue, officers say that O’Neal jumped out of his vehicle while it was still moving and ran away. They were unable to locate him at that point.

At around 5:30 a.m. officers were dispatched after a man reported that he had been holding a burglary suspect at gunpoint, but that the man had managed to escape. According to reports, officers discovered that O’Neal had broken into a garage belonging to the complainant, and was hiding inside.

Reports show that O’Neal crawled out from under the garage door when officers ordered him to exit. At that point, he was arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail.

O’Neal was jailed under charges of aggravated burglary, evading arrest, reckless driving, and violation of the light law. His bond was set at $44,000.
A preliminary appearance in Lawrence County General Sessions Court was set for July 5, 2018.




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