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Martins Ferry man who dragged officer arraigned in court

Updated: Wednesday, March 12 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- A Martins Ferry man accused of leading police on a chase after he dragged an officer with his vehicle appeared before Judge David Henderson in court inside the Jefferson County Justice Center on Wednesday morning for his arraignment.
William Reed, 38, is already in jail serving time for a probation violation. The charges listed against him in this indictment, however, much more severe. He faces felony charges of assault on a peace officer and failure to comply with order.
With hands cuffed, Reed signed off on a not guilty plea, which was stated verbally through his court-appointed attorney.
It all stems from an incident that started at the Marathon gas station in Tiltonsville on Jan. 25.
“He goes into a gas station to buy beer. The people who are working there can see he is terribly intoxicated, should not be driving at all so they do the right thing and call the local police department for help,” Jefferson County prosecutor Jane Hanlin said.
Still, it wasn’t his level of intoxication that led to felony charges of assault on a peace officer and failure to comply with order.
“A police officer arrives, tries to open the car door to speak with him after he won’t stop he drags the officer across the parking lot then flees the scene,” Hanlin said. “Police officers eventually capture him, and he's taken into custody at that point.’’
Reed had a prior conviction cocaine possession in the state of Florida, according to Hanlin.
The prosecution recommended a bond of $25,000 and the defense agreed.
Reed’s trial will be set at a later date.

Martins Ferry man who dragged officer arraigned in court


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