An Ohio man faces a host of charges after purposely attempting to run over a Lee County deputy with his vehicle.
It all began yesterday afternoon (July 23, 2013) when a deputy performed a traffic stop on a Silver Honda driven by Casey Meyers in the parking lot of Bealls Outlet located at 13300 S. Cleveland Avenue. His girlfriend Rachel Bagley was in the passenger seat. The two were wanted for burglary and theft charges.
As the deputy approached the vehicle, she observed Meyers pull an Ohio identification out of his wallet but quickly put it back. Meyers then pulled the identification out of his wallet again. As the deputy reached for the identification, Meyers placed his vehicle into drive and sped out of the parking lot toward Cypress Lake Drive. The deputy called out the vehicle's description and direction of travel across the radio.
A nearby deputy spotted the suspect vehicle, a silver Honda, pull into a retirement community located at Cypress Lake Drive and Reflection Lakes Drive and park. The deputy turned on his emergency lights, tactically parked and exited his vehicle to approach the Honda. Upon his approach, the duputy saw the Honda reverse rapidly, striking another vehicle. The Honda then turned toward the deputy and rapidly accelerated, forcing the deputy to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.
The deputy followed Meyers and Bagley northbound on Summerlin Road until they turned east on College Parkway and then blew through a red light. As the deputy caught up to the suspect, Meyers made a U-turn on College Parkway. Knowing Meyers was creating a dangerous and potentially deadly situation on the roads, and with both lanes of College clear for the moment as vehicles waited at red lights, the deputy executed a P.I.T. (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver on the Honda which brought the vehicle to a stop. A quickly executed T.V.I. (Tactical Vehicle Intercept) pushed the Honda into a nearby parking lot. Neither Meyers nor Bagley were injured. Both were taken into custody and subsequently arrested.
Casey Meyers, DOB 1-14-94, of Batavia, Ohio is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a law enforcement officer; Fleeing and Eluding and Resisting Arrest without Violence. Meyers also faces charges of Burglary, Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property.
Rachel Bagley, DOB 7-16-87, of Mason, Ohio is charged with Burglary and Dealing in Stolen Property.