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Vinton County Sheriff’s Deputy stops theft suspect from fleeing

June 23, 2012

E. Downey

A Jackson man was arrested in connection with several breaking and enterings and thefts to a Wilkesville company after a Vinton County Sheriff’s Office deputy prevented him from fleeing the scene, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Eric Downey, 33, of Jackson was arrested in the early morning hours Saturday in connection with several breaking and enterings and thefts to Steelial Metal Fabrication in Wilkesville, according to the release.

According to the release, Deputy Ethan Doerr attempted to stop Downey as he was driving near Steelial and noticed that he was wearing a mask. The release states that Downey allegedly attempted to flee from Doerr, but a successful P.I.T. maneuver was executed and Downey was taken into custody.

Downey was transferred to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on a parole violation filed against him in Vinton County Court.

Charges of felonious assault on a police officer (three counts), breaking and entering, theft and fleeing and eluding will be presented to the prosecuting attorney for review following an incident that happened April 16 during an attempt by deputies to apprehend Downey.

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