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Suspect accused of trying to run over JPD officer fails to appear in court

Johnny R. Hampton (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department) Johnny R. Hampton (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The man accused of trying to run over a Jonesboro Police Officer failed to appear in court Monday.

According to the Craighead County Prosecutor's Office, 54-year-old Johnny R. Hampton failed to appear in court and will have a warrant issued for his arrest.

Hampton is accused of attempting to run over a Jonesboro Police Officer, and then resisting arrest.

The incident happened around Midnight Saturday July 21 in the 1100 block of Citizen Street. Jonesboro Police Officer Jonathan Coleman attempted to pull over a car driven by Hampton.  

According to the police report, a witness says Hampton's car turned around in a parking lot and sped toward Coleman.  Coleman yelled "stop" and when the driver kept going, he fired several shots into the Hampton's car. The car crashed into the officer's vehicle.

Officer Coleman then pulled Hampton from the car and a struggle ensued. Other officers helped subdue Hampton.

Hampton had several small cuts from the wreck, and was taken into custody on several felony and misdemeanor charges including Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, DWI, and Parole Violation.

According to the report, the crash caused approximately $1,000 worth of damage to the police car.  

No word on when Hampton is due back in court.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you any new details as soon as they become available.

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