Richard A. Williams, 45, of Thayer, is charged with two felonies, according to Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney Fred O'Neill's office.
One felony Williams is charged with is the Class B felony of assault of a law enforcement officer in the second-degree. According to circuit court documents, "The defendant attempted to cause physical injury to (Thayer) Assistant Police Chief Michael Bunting by means of a dangerous instrument by placing the vehicle into gear and accelerate(ing) towards him, spinning his tires."
Bunting wrote in his probable cause statement that while he was at a residence on Walnut Street July 11 at 6 p.m., he saw a blue Chevy S-10 slide to a stop. "I noticed the vehicle had slid past the stop sign, so I went to get into my vehicle," Bunting said. "The vehicle then sped off headed south on Fourth (Street)."
Bunting was able to catch up with the vehicle on the Warm Fork Bridge. He turned his red lights on and stopped the vehicle at Walnut Street and U.S. Highway 63. "As I was exiting my vehicle, the driver, Richard Williams, took off throwing gravel all over my vehicle," Bunting writes. Bunting then got back into his patrol car and engaged his siren.
"I got in front of Mr. Williams and slowed him down so he wouldn't hit no one. He then slid to a stop just before the south light," Bunting writes. "I exited my vehicle and was approaching his with my gun drawn. Mr. Williams then started to roll backwards (as) I was approaching thefront of his vehicle. Mr. Williams then put the vehicle into gear and came at me spinning his tires. I then had to retreat backwards to avoid being struck by Mr. Williams' vehicle."
Bunting then went back to his patrol car to chase Williams, but because Williams was driving so recklessly Bunting stopped pursuing him for safety purposes.
He then contacted dispatch to alert Arkansas authorities to look for Williams' vehicle.
Continuing his investigation, Bunting went to the residence Williams had just left before the altercation. There, Bunting spoke with Williams' girlfriend who said Williams had been drinking all day, was upset and was planning on going to West Memphis, Ark. Bunting, then, received word from another witness who said Williams was at her house and very intoxicated.
Williams' other felony charge is a Class D Felony of driving on a revoked license. According to circuit court documents, Williams had at least four other convictions of driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Williams is being held at the Oregon County Jail in Alton with a total bond set at $143,694.