A 52-year-old Ballinger man is in custody facing numerous felony charges following a confrontation with law enforcement Wednesday afternoon during which he allegedly rammed two patrol vehicles according to the Runnels County Sheriff's Office.
A 52-year-old Ballinger man is in custody facing numerous felony charges following a confrontation with law enforcement Wednesday afternoon during which he allegedly rammed two patrol vehicles according to the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office.
John Lloyd Jonas, was placed into custody after resisting arrest and reportedly ramming law enforcement vehicles. He was transported to the Runnels County Jail and booked on multiple charges, including three counts of aggravated assault on a public servant, all first degree felonies, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony and evading arrest or detention, a third degree felony. Bond has been set at $245,000.
According to reports, a 2007 GMC pickup was reported stolen from the parking lot of Mueller Inc. in Ballinger at 2:07 p.m. Wednesday.
Later in the day at around 4:40 p.m. a ranch hand reported a GMC pickup on a ranch east of Winters and reported that the vehicle did not belong there. The witness also reported the male occupant was armed with a handgun. The license plate on the vehicle was that of the reported stolen vehicle, said Sgt. Carl Squyres of the RCSO.
Squyres said law enforcement including RCSO units. Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Public Safety assisted in the search and ultimately located the vehicle on County Road 201 east of Winters.
When law enforcement converged on the area, the suspect approached officers and as they attempted to block the roadway, Jonas reportedly rammed the RCSO unit causing significant damage.
“Several shots were fired into the suspect vehicle at this point,” Squyres reported.
Jonas reportedly continued to ram the vehicles colliding head on with the TPWD vehicle.
Even after shots were fired into the vehicle’s tires, Jonas reportedly attempted to flee the scene.
Jonas reportedly resisted arrest for a short time but was ultimately apprehended.
There were two Air Soft pistols located inside of the pickup. No officers were injured in the incident and the case remains under investigation.