(UNDATED) - Bloomfield police officer, Lt. Marshal Jeremy Inman, narrowly escaped serious injury Thursday night when his gear was caught on a truck operated by a suspect trying to flee.
The Greene County Daily World reports, 28-year-old Aaron Sissman, of Bloomfield, ended his evening in jail but not before he allegedly put the officer and three children in danger.
Officer Inman suffered back pain caused by Sissman after hitting the officer and spinning him around with the vehicle as Sissman attempted to make a getaway.
The incident began when Inman was on patrol at Eastview Drive and State Road 54 on the east side of Bloomfield and saw a red Dodge Dakota pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed.
The vehicles was clocked going 64 in a 35 mph zone.
Inman activated the lights and other cars pulled over but the truck went around them before pulling into the parking spot at the JL Wilson Bridge.
The driver, Sissman, reportedly told the officer he was running late to return kids from visitation. Besides Sissman, there were three young children in the truck, ages six, four and two, along with another passenger.
When Inman ran a check on the truck and Sissman's license, the truck returned as stolen out of Lawrence County and Sissman's license returned as suspended.
Sissman had been told to remain in the truck but he was standing outside when Inman got back out of his patrol vehicle. The officer said Sissman was told to stop when he turned to walk toward the truck, then Sissman ran, jumped in the truck and started it up.
Inman reported he reached into the driver's side window to try to gain access to Sissman but Sissman was fleeing and struck the officer with the vehicle, then caught his gear.
In a probable cause affidavit, Inman wrote, "When Aaron caught my duty gear with the truck, he spun me around, nearly dragging me with the vehicle at a high rate of speed."
Sissman then allegedly drove over a parking curb, spun the truck around in a grassy area, ran the stop sign and failed to yield to traffic as he turned and headed east on SR 54 with Inman behind him.
Sissman was allegedly going approximately 70 mph and as he approached Coen Road, he started to pass vehicles in a no passing zone on a curve. Inman turned his lights off and did not continue the pursuit out of concern for the safety of the children in the truck and other people on the road.
Inman saw the truck later at Washboard and Howe roads when he reported Sissman again took off at a high rate of speed. Inman said he never pursued Sissman again with lights on.
When Sissman later got into Bloomington, he was taken into custody by officers from the Bloomington Police Department. Inman and Bloomfield Reserve Officer Jordan Allor met them at the Monroe and Greene county line, picked up Sissman and transported him to the Greene County Sheriff's Department.
Sissman was booked in on a number of preliminary charges. His bond was set at $33,000 surety but it was expected that a petition to revoke probation or a suspended sentence in a different case would be filed against him and in that case, he would be held without bond.
A new criminal case was filed against Sissman in Greene Circuit Court on Friday with an initial hearing scheduled on Monday. When he appears in court, he will be charged with:
* Resisting law enforcement -- a class A misdemeanor
* Resisting law enforcement with a vehicle -- a class D felony
* Battery resulting in bodily injury to a law enforcement officer -- a class D felony
* Receiving stolen property -- a class D felony
* Reckless driving -- a class B misdemeanor
* Criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon -- a class D felony
* Three counts of neglect of a dependent involving putting a dependent in a situation endangering the life or health of the dependent -- all class D felonies
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