The man charged with attempting to run down two Marshall County Sheriff's Office deputies, who was subsequently identified after allegedly bragging about his evasion the next day in a local bar, will have his case reviewed by a Marshall County grand jury after District Judge Jack Telle ruled probable cause during last week's preliminary hearing.
MCSO Detective Jeff Peck's testimony revealed that in addition to the evidentiary information listed in the warrant for arrest, police were able to obtain video recording from four different angles of James David Hall, 58, of Benton, recalling the alleged events that took place on the evening of June 16 while a patron of the Beer Garden in Draffenville the following afternoon.
"On the video he's heard saying, 'I told you the only way they could get me off this 4-wheeler is if they shot me off,'" Peck recalled. In the warrant for arrest, Peck reported in addition to his statements, Hall held up his right arm and pointed to where he was hit with a taser.
Peck said officers retrieved a pair of sunglasses at the scene of the incident and located a black jacket at Hall's home which had blood on it as well as police taser barbs, all of which was sent to Kentucky State Police lab for DNA testing. But he said so far, officers have not been able to locate the four-wheeler.
According to police documents, on June 16 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Hall allegedly drove his 4-wheeler across US 68 E toward Benton-Briensburg road, traveling slowly and no headlights on, in the path of Deputy Brad Anderson who pursued him. Hall, whose identity Anderson did not know at the time, pulled into a field and turned off his ATV (all terrain vehicle). Anderson went on foot into the field to investigate and attempt to locate a trail, not knowing Hall was still there. Hall fired up the ATV and allegedly charged Anderson multiple times.
During last week's hearing, Peck testified having found and photographed circular patterns of tracks in the grass and mud where Hall allegedly circled around to charge again and again. He also testified to having located footprints in the mud where it was apparent Anderson, who was on foot, pushed forcefully off the ground to jump out of harm's way.
MCSO Deputy William Strader arrived at the scene to assist and Hall allegedly attempted to run him down with the ATV as well, at one point crashing into Anderson's vehicle causing in excess of $1,000 in damages.
Peck said both deputies fired their tasers after Hall ignored multiple orders to stop, but it was apparent Strader felt as if his life was in danger because he pulled his firearm and fired a single shot. According to the warrant of arrest, it was at that point Hall fled the scene and deputies were unable to locate him until the next day.
During the investigation of the scene, Peck said two witnesses who asked to remain anonymous approached him in the field and reported having seen Hall pass through that field on earlier the day before wearing the same clothes as Anderson had described as his suspect was wearing during the incident. Meanwhile, Hall allegedly boasted about the previous night's events in the presence of Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Inspector Scott Brown, a retired law enforcement officer, who was there in an unrelated official capacity.
Brown contacted the MCSO and Peck arrived a short time later to arrest Hall.
Peck said in addition to statements from patrons of the Beer Garden as well as the anonymous witnesses identifying Hall as the suspect from the incident on the evening of June 16, Anderson was able to identify Hall from a photo lineup the next day.
Hall is charged with two counts of wanton endangerment of police officer, fleeing or evading police first degree motor vehicle and criminal mischief first degree, all of which are felonies. He's currently being held in the Marshall County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond. The grand jury is scheduled to hear the case on July 16.
In addition to this case, Hall is facing charges after Marshall County grand jury in June indicted him on a number of charges from a previous incident which allegedly took place on May 5. The charges include possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, methamphetamine, a Class D felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, .08 or above, second offense within a 10 year period; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. According to the indictment, he was observed operating a motor vehicle while manifestly under the influence of an intoxicating substance and refused to submit to a blood test after having been convicted of the same offense in Marshall District Court in 2011. He was also allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, a clear plastic jar and a clear glass vial.