According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, there were more than 23,900 violent crimes reported across the state in 2014 alone. Of these, aggravated assault had the largest incidence rate. This offense occurs when a person unlawfully attacks another with the intent of inflicting seriously injuring him or her. Aggravated assault is a serious offense, and the penalties one might face if convicted of this charge may be enhanced if he or she uses a weapon, such as a firearm.
Following a recent incident in Peoria, one man is facing a range of charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault of a police officer and resisting arrest, among others. According to reports, the man ran from law enforcement officers after being pulled over. The traffic stop was reportedly routine, however, it was not detailed why he was stopped. Eventually, he got out of his vehicle and took off on a skateboard. The authorities allege that he also had a firearm. Law enforcement officers found the man in a backyard after having lost him for a period of time.
When the 30-year-old fled the traffic stop, he struck a law enforcement officer with his vehicle. As a result, the police officer purportedly suffered minor injuries. It was reported that the man was going to be booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail. It was not disclosed what penalties the man could face if he is convicted of the charges against him.
Assault allegations are serious charges, which may carry life-changing consequences. Therefore, those who have been charged with this, or similar offenses, may benefit from obtaining legal representation. An attorney may look out for their interests and help to defend them against the charges they are facing.
Source: Fox 10 Phoenix, “Fleeing driver hits police officer, leads police on chase,” Brent Corrado, Jan. 23, 2016