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 appearin 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 warrantissued for his arrest.

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

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

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

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

Hampton had several small cuts from the wreck, and wastaken into custody on several felony and misdemeanor charges includingAggravated 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 continueto track this story and bring you any new details as soon as they become available.

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