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 about 1:11 a.m. for 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 outmanuevered him and stopped in a safe location to wait for backup deputies to arrive, according to the release. 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.
Deputies later found that Thurman had struck a neighbor’s pickup and two other trailer homes, according to the release.