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Man who knocked down sheriff in custody

September 22, 2012
Staff Reports , Salem News

LISBON - The man who reportedly assaulted the county sheriff Thursday is in custody.

Lucas Sims turned himself in at the Columbiana County sheriff's office Friday evening, Sgt. Michael Hillman said.

Sims' attorney contacted authorities earlier in the day to say his client would surrender, and Hillman was waiting for him.

Thursday's incident was the second time Sims had eluded arrest when deputies were attempting to serve him a warrant for failure to pay child support.

The first came when he jumped out the window of a camper. That led to two more charges, resisting arrest and fleeing and eluding.

Thursday's flight will result in another more serious charge, assault of a police officer.

After the first incident, Chief Deputy Allen Haueter said, they believe Sims fled to West Virginia. Authorities were waiting for Sims to return and, Thursday, got a tip that he was back at the trailer on Oak Ridge Road just outside Wellsville.

Aware of what happened before, deputies apparently were ready for Sims to run.

Sheriff Ray Stone and four deputies went to the camper, Haueter said, and when Sims went through the window, the sheriff was there.

Sims, however, knocked down the sheriff with a stiff arm, Haueter said. The sheriff kept hold of the suspect's shirt, tearing it off as Sims fled.

Deputies were joined by highway patrol troopers and the St. Clair Township K-9 unit in the search through the hilly terrain, but Sims eluded capture.

Deputies learned Sims stopped at a house on Boyd Road, asking to use the phone, saying he had wrecked his four-wheeler. He was wearing only his boxer shorts and tennis shoes.

He is wearing county jail orange today.



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