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Jonathan Dale

A Paintsville man was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 5 on charges including menacing, resisting arrest and assault after a Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy said he observed the man acting suspiciously and the man failed to stop for officers, then resisted arrest.

In the citation, JCSO Deputy Jason Arms said he observed Jonathan Dale, 33, of Paintsville, walking in the Woodland Court area of Paintsville and acting suspiciously and Arms also noted that Dale’s name had “come up in the investigation of a burglary and automobile thefts recently,” and that he wished to interview Dale. According to Arms, he stopped his cruiser and got out of the vehicle, at which point Dale began to run.

Arms said he issued “numerous loud verbal commands” to stop and identified himself as a deputy of the JCSO, which Dale ignored and continued to flee. The citation said that, after a pursuit on foot, Dale was found hiding inside of a van belonging to B&B Distributors at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and 11th Street. According to the citation, Paintsville Police Department Officer Dennis Hutchison then order Dale to show the officers his hands and Dale again ignored the commands – leading to Arms approaching the vehicle to “go hands on with (Dale).”

When Arms grabbed Dale, the citation said, Dale squeezed Arms’ wrist in an attempt to prevent Arms from gaining control of his arms and began struggling with officers and reaching for his pockets. Arms said that Dale had grasped his “weapon hand,” and Arms began delivering strikes to Dale “due to the fear of him reaching for a weapon.”

After deploying two taser cycles, law enforcement was able to gain control of Dale and place him in handcuffs, the citation said, and Dale told officers he had run from law enforcement because he had mistakenly believed there had been a warrant issued for his arrest. Arms said that he checked the National Crime Information Center and confirmed that Dale did not have any active warrants at the time of the incident.

Dale was charged with second-degree fleeing or evading (on foot), menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault (no visible injury), third-degree criminal trespassing and public intoxication on a controlled substance before being lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.  As of presstime Tuesday, Jan. 5, Dale remained in custody at the BSRDC and no court dates had been scheduled, with no bond set.

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