Man arrested after ramming vehicle with children inside

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

5 felonies filed against Seligman man for alleged drunken assault

A Seligman man is facing five felonies after allegedly running his vehicle into another that contained four children on Saturday.

Paul Ortiz, 41, of Seligman, is charged with first-degree domestic assault, four counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and misdemeanor DWI.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy Taylor Lombard, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Ortiz allegedly intentionally rammed his 1996 Dodge Ram into the rear of a Toyota pickup the victim was driving while in the parking lot of the Lucky t's Gas Station. Four juveniles, all less than 14 years of age, were in the Toyota at the time.

The victim was able to get away, driving to the Seligman Police Department. with no officer at the department, the victim began traveling northbound on Highway 37. Ortiz allegedly began chasing the victim, attempting to run the Toyota off the roadway several times.

Lombard said he met the two vehicles and saw Ortiz overtake the victim's truck and cut it off, causing the victim to have to stop in the middle of the highway.

Lombard initiated a traffic stop on Ortiz at the intersection of Highway 37 and Farm Road 2212. Ortiz allegedly failed a field sobriety test and admitted to being under the influence of hydrocodone.

Ortiz, in a formal interview, said he was attempting to stop the victim from driving, admitting to overtaking the truck on the highway.

Ortiz is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $50,000. His initial appearance was scheduled for Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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