Man who crashed truck into deputy indicted on felony charges

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Man who crashed truck into deputy indicted on felony charges

By Christine Holmes, News Director

Grand Jurors in Muskingum County have indicted a Cambridge man accused of crashing into a sheriff’s deputy while fleeing from Zanesville police officers during a pursuit last Friday.

Robert L. Richmond, 53, is charged with failure to comply, a third-degree felony, and felonious assault, a felony of the first degree, stemming from the Jan. 4 incident across from Wendy’s on Maple Avenue.

Richmond faces felony charges after crashing his vehicle into a Sheriff’s deputy the evening of Jan. 4.

According to his indictment, a felony charge of failure to comply means Richmond is accused of “causing a substantial risk of serious physical harm to persons or property” while attempting to elude or flee a police officer.

The indictment also alleges Richmond knowingly attempted to or did cause harm to the deputy he crashed into with his pickup truck, which is considered a deadly weapon under state law.

According to a tweet from Sheriff Matt Lutz, officers were attempting to pull Richmond over for suspected OMVI. 

Lutz also said Richmond was driving with fictitious plates, which officers removed from the vehicle as reporters arrived on scene. 

Richmond was taken to the hospital for his injuries and later arrested.

Lutz said the deputy involved, Brodie Brewer, was medically cleared and back to work days after the crash.

Richmond is scheduled for arraignment in Common Pleas Court on Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.

See also: Man held on $50,000 after colliding with sheriff’s deputy on Maple Ave

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