ZANESVILLE, Ohio – A vehicle on Maple Avenue crashed head first into a sheriff’s deputy cruiser.
On Friday, officers saw that the plates on the vehicle were expired, and then discovered that the plates did not match the vehicle. That’s when they tried to stop the driver, Robert Richmond, but he went southbound on Maple Avenue, and the officers then went into pursuit.
Zanesville Police Chief Tony Coury said, “Went back through some neighborhoods over off of Taylor and Bell, in that area, came back Northbound on Maple Avenue again and evidently, the suspect vehicle then crossed the barrier near Wendy’s on Maple Avenue striking a Deputy who was Southbound at that time.”
Richmond is still being investigated as to why he fled from the police. However, drug paraphernalia in the car led officers to believe that he was driving under the influence.
“He’s out. He’s currently incarcerated here at the city jail and he will be formally charged later this afternoon. The Deputy was treated and released from the hospital and as far as I know he is back full work duties,” Chief Coury said.
Richmond will be formally charged on Tuesday, January 8th, for failing to comply with the officers and he is being held on a $50,000 bond.