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Suspected driver in deputy cruiser ramming indicted

UPDATE @ 3:31 p.m. (May 3):

The suspected driver accused of ramming a sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser last month has been indicted on several charges.

Sha’King Jones was indicted for failure to comply with the order of a police officer, receiving stolen property and having weapons under disability, according to court records.

Jones is due in court on May 8 for his arraignment.

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Sha’King Jones is the alleged driver among a group of young adults and juveniles suspected in Monday’s ramming of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office cruiser at a Valero gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive in Harrison Twp.

Jones also had a loaded weapon, according to court documents.

According to the sheriff’s office, as deputies approached the stolen Corolla that was parked in the lot of the Valero, the driver noticed the deputies, got back in the vehicle and sped off, striking the patrol vehicle.

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“Sha’King Jones was the driver of a confirmed stolen vehicle,” a sheriff’s detective wrote in Vandalia Municipal Court documents obtained by this news organization. “The (defendant) fled the vehicle on foot and was apprehended — located in the vehicle loaded and ready at hand was a loaded (12-gauge Mossberg) shotgun.”

Jones was arraigned Thursday in Vandalia Municipal Court on charges of having weapons under disability, receiving stolen property and failure to comply with the order of a peace officer. His bond was listed at $75,000 cash/surety.

The detective wrote that Jones ignored verbal commands to exit the vehicle “and accelerated backwards striking the marked cruiser forcing it through the lot striking 2 more cars. (Defendant) then fled at a high rate of speed while being pursued by police.”

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Nikeas Jones, 20, was charged with obstructing justice and also was scheduled for a Thursday arraignment. Nikeas Jones “became vulgar and ignored warnings to stop,” the detective wrote.

Sha’King Jones long juvenile record

As a 12-year-old in December 2010, Sha’King Jones was charged with misdemeanor assault. He was ordered into a work program, counseling and wrote an apology letter, according to Montgomery County Juvenile Court records obtained by this news organization.

For nearly three years, Jones had no new infractions. But just after his 15th birthday, Jones continued a spree of charges that totalled 21 felony and misdemeanor cases in Montgomery, Franklin and Stark counties before he turned 18.

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As a juvenile, Sha’King Jones faced felony charges of breaking and entering, failure to comply and multiple counts of assault, grand theft auto, robbery and vandalism.

He also faced numerous misdemeanor counts of domestic violence, criminal trespass, unauthorized use of a vehicle, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, assault, misconduct at an emergency, disorderly conduct at school, criminal damaging and criminal mischief.

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In March 2014, a Montgomery County Juvenile Court magistrate judge sentenced Jones to 6 to 21 months of incarceration, the first of numerous times Jones was ordered to be detained.

A court document from June 2, 2017 said Jones had been held in the Dept. of Youth Services facilities for 541 days.

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