A Perry County Sheriff’s deputy used his patrol car to stop a suspect who was threatening and antagonizing officers, according to a media liaison for the department.
James Horn was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault on an officer and evading arrest. More charges are possible as the investigation continues.
According to Will Nunley, a media liason for the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Horn tried to hit a woman who was walking home from a tobacco business in downtown Linden Monday night. A deputy was nearby and responded. At some point, Horn got out of his car and charged the officer, trying to chest bump him, said Nunley.
Horn was arrested and taken to jail. He bonded out Wednesday morning.
A deputy was called back to the same business Wednesday night in reference to a burglary alarm. Nunley says while the deputy was outside investigating, Horn was circling the business in his car, yelling cuss words and antagonizing him.
The deputy called for backup, got in his car and drove away, according to Nunley. Nunley says at some point, another deputy arrived and started following Horn who was following the deputy he was yelling at.
Nunley says Horn slammed on his breaks to try to get the second deputy to rear-end him. As this was ongoing, the Chief Deputy responded and got involved in a low-speed chase through downtown Linden.
At one point, Nunley says the Chief Deputy slammed into Horn’s car twice to stop his car. Nunley says Horn refused to listen to the officers commands and refused to stop. After his car was immobilized, Nunley says Horn got out and ignored the officers’ commands to stop.
Nunley says one deputy tased Horn but it didn’t work. A second deputy tased Horn. There was a struggle between Horn and a deputy, according to Nunley, and was eventually arrested.
Nunley says deputies are investigated whether Horn was targeted this business for a specific reason.