Man sentenced to 35 years after trying to ram police officer

3 years 1 week 2 days ago Tuesday, December 09 2014 Dec 9, 2014 Tuesday, December 09, 2014 1:19:00 PM CST December 09, 2014 in News
By: Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

PHELPS COUNTY - The Phelps County prosecuting attorney's office said Tuesday a man found guilty of attempting to kill or injure a police officer faces a total of 35 years in prison. 

The report said 35-year-old Jason William Hanan of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, tried to run over Rolla Police Officer Josh Campbell after a traffic stop by a different officer February 16, 2012 on I-44 near the Highway 63 exit. The traffic stop led to a high-speed chase in which Hanan and the passenger in his vehicle, 39-year-old Michael Keaton, Jr., also of Siloam Springs, eventually became cornered. The report said Hanan tried to use his car to ram Campbell but instead hit Campbell's patrol car. 

According to the prosecuting attorney's office, an assisting Phelps County deputy fired his weapons into the suspects' car during the ramming attempt, injuring both Hanan and Keaton, and Hanan then crashed the vehicle into a mobile home nearby.

Officers arrested both suspects and a subsequent investigation revealed the two were using a rental car to move drugs into Arkansas. 

A Pulaski County judge sentenced Hanan to 25 years for first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, five years for felony resisting arrest and five years for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The judge ordered that the sentences must run consecutively. 

The jury found Hanan not guilty of an additional count which accused him of trying to run over the Phelps County deputy who shot and wounded him. 

The passenger, Keaton, previously pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in the Circuit Court of Texas County and is serving sentences totaling 12 years.

Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Berger said he was satisfied with the sentences and said, "We will stand by the officers who dedicate themselves to protecting us. If someone tries to harm them, we will fight for heavy sentences."

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