A Monroe County deputy received minor injuries early Saturday morning after a man drove into his patrol car multiple times.
The deputy was dispatched to a home in the 1800 block of Charlie Benson Road at about 1:11 a.m. in response to a civil disturbance. When he arrived, he saw 24-year-old Michael J. Thurman walking around a mobile home, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Thurman got into a Ford Explorer and drove in reverse, striking the patrol car on its front end. He then circled the patrol car and struck it again, according to the release.
The deputy left the driveway, but Thurman followed and repeatedly struck the rear of the patrol car until the deputy out-manuevered him and stopped in a safe location to wait for back-up deputies to arrive, according to the sheriff’s office.
Thurman will be charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, interference with government property, criminal damage to property and reckless conduct. Additional charges are possible while the investigation continues, according to the release.
The sheriff’s office later found that Thurman had struck a neighbor’s pick-up and two other trailer homes, causing “significant damage,” according to the release.