Piketon Man Charged with Assault on a Peace Officer

A Piketon man is among two people arrested this past Friday on multiple charges including an assault on a peace officer.

According to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, a report of a burglary in progress came in shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Friday for an address in the area of Henley Deemer Road in McDermott.

The suspects’ vehicle, a white Ford Focus, towing another vehicle, a brown Ford Focus, was located on Henley Deemer and a stop of the vehicle was attempted. The driver however refused to stop. The driver began driving erratically, causing the towed vehicle to swerve from side to side, preventing the deputy from passing the towed vehicle. This back-and-forth motion caused the tow strap between the two cars to break. Once the tow strap broke, the deputy then attempted to pass the towed vehicle, but a driver inside the towed vehicle, guiding the car, intentionally swerved into the deputy in an effort to prevent him from catching up to the lead vehicle. This attempt failed though, and the deputy was able to pass the towed vehicle and catch up to the lead.

The lead vehicle stopped in a driveway along Pleasant Hill Road where the driver was then placed into custody. Another deputy had taken over pursuit of the towed vehicle, but once it was stopped, the occupant fled the vehicle on foot but was quickly apprehended.

The brown Ford Focus was found to have been stolen from Pike County.

The driver of the white Ford Focus, Charles A. Hettinger, 35, of McDermott, has been charged with fourth-degree felony failure to comply and fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property.

The driver of the brown Ford Focus, Cody Bennett, 29, of Piketon, has been charged with fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property, second-degree felony assault on a peace officer, third-degree felony fleeing and eluding, first-degree misdemeanor driving under the influence, first-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest. He was additionally charged with first-degree misdemeanor probation violation.

The full release from the Scioto County Sheriff's Office can be found below:

Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman stated on September 3, 2021 at 02:44 a.m. his 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call of a burglary in progress in the area of Henley Deemer Road in McDermott.

Deputies were dispatched to this location and Deputy Brian Nolen was the first to arrive. Deputy Nolen was advised that the suspect vehicle had a loud exhaust. As he was making a check of the property Deputy Nolen could hear a vehicle with a loud exhaust driving in the area. He located the vehicle (white Ford Focus) on Henley Deemer Road heading towards SR 348. The vehicle with the loud exhaust was towing another vehicle (brown Ford Focus) with a tow strap. The vehicles turned onto Pleasant Hill Road.

Deputy Nolen activated his emergency lights, attempting to stop the vehicle that was towing the other vehicle. At this point, the driver accelerated and refused to stop. The vehicle in tow began purposely swerving side to side, breaking the tow strap. Deputy Nolen attempted to pass the vehicle that was being towed, to pursue the white Ford Focus. At this point, the driver of the brown Ford Focus swerved at Deputy Nolen in an apparent attempt to keep him from passing. Once Deputy Nolen was able to start passing the brown Ford Focus the driver intentionally struck Deputy Nolen’s vehicle, attempting to force him off the roadway and into a ditch.

Deputy Nolen was able to pass the brown Ford Focus and continue his pursuit of the white Ford Focus, while Deputy Josh Lewis pursued the brown Ford Focus. Deputy Nolen caught up with the white Ford Focus, where it had stopped in a driveway at 405 Pleasant Hill Rd. The driver, Charles Hettinger, was taken into custody without incident.

The brown Ford Focus stopped at 295 Pleasant Hill Rd. and the driver fled on foot. Deputy Josh Lewis was able to capture the driver, Cody Bennett. at the rear of garage at that address. The brown Ford Focus was found to be reported stolen out of Pike County, Ohio.

Arrested was Charles A. Hettinger, age 35, of 701 Tatman Coe Rd., McDermott, Ohio. He was charged with Failure to Comply, a Felony of the 4th degree and Receiving Stolen Property, a Felony of the 5th degree.

Also arrested was Cody H. Bennett, age 29, of 873 Derenberger Rd., Piketon, Ohio. He was charged with Probation Violation, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree, Driving Under the Influence, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree, Resisting Arrest, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree, Receiving Stolen Property, a Felony of the 5th degree, Fleeing and Eluding, a Felony of the 3rd degree, and Felonious Assault on a Peace Officer, a Felony of the 2nd degree.

All arrestees are to be arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court. The case will eventually be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor's Office to be presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury on the listed charges, as well as possible additional charges.

Sheriff Thoroughman stated that the arrests were the result of Deputy Nolen’s and Deputy Josh Lewis’ good work and their instinct. Sheriff Thoroughman would like to thank the Ohio State Highway Patrol for providing assistance.

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