2 deputy vehicles damaged in chase

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Man on meth charged with 6 felonies after incident

A Seligman man is facing six felonies after allegedly leading Barry County deputies on a chase on Highway 37 and Highway U, ramming into two patrol cars and causing more than $10,000 in damage.

James Sickles, 42, of Seligman, is charged with three counts of first-degree assault, two counts of property damage, felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor DWI.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Taylor Lombard, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the incident began on Dec. 23, 2017, on Farm Road 1085 near Purdy and continued on Highway 37 to Highway U, then back to Highway 37 near Butterfield.

Authorities were dispatched to a home on Farm Road 1085 in reference to a suspicious person appearing to be under the influence. While en route, Deputy Al Zabala was informed the man left in a green passenger car, traveling south on Farm Road 1085.

Zabala met the vehicle on the Farm Road, activated his lights and attempted to stop Sickles after the vehicle traveled off the roadway onto the grass. Sickles continued onto Highway 37, where Lombard joined the pursuit south of Highway HH began. Sickles continued on to Highway U, allegedly failing to maintain his lane, often driving into the incoming lane.

Sickles made an abrupt right turn into the drive of a home on Highway U, going through the yard of the residence, up the ditch and back onto the highway, striking Lombard's patrol vehicle head-on.

Sickles continued back onto Highway U, and Zabala overtook his vehicle, leaving room on the right side of the roadway. Sickles then allegedly rammed the passenger side of Zabala's vehicle and continued onto Highway 37 heading south.

Zabala, Lombard and Deputy Wesley Kissinger attempted to box Sickles in, and Sickles attempted to strike Kissinger's patrol vehicle, but Kissinger avoided the impact. Sickles then began traveling south in the northbound lane, eventually going east into the ditch and attempting to reenter the highway.

Lombard said due to Sickles' intentional ramming of two patrol vehicles, he used a pursuit intervention technique to disable Sickles' vehicle. Sickles then allegedly continued to resist arrest and a taser was used to get Sickles into custody.

After being read his Miranda rights, Sickles allegedly admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine.

Sickles' ramming of the two patrol vehicles caused more than $10,000 in damage, according to Lombard's report.

Sickles is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $75,000. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Jan. 18 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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