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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Jury finds Arkansas man guilty of resisting arrest

  • It took a jury about three and half hours of deliberation to find an Arkansas man guilty of resisting arrest after the man led law enforcement officers on a high speed chase in Phelps County in 2012.
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  • It took a jury about three and half hours of deliberation to find an Arkansas man guilty of resisting arrest after the man led law enforcement officers on a high speed chase in Phelps County in 2012.
    The Pulaski County jury of seven women and five men found Jason William Hanan, 35, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, guilty of one count each of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.
    He was found not guilty on a second count of assault of a law enforcement officer.
    The trial was moved to Pulaski County on a change of venue.
    Hanan led officers with the Rolla Police Department and the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department on a high-speed chase on Feb. 16, 2012, that began on Interstate 44, went north on U.S. Highway 63 and then onto county roads. Hanan was eventually cornered on Pinedale Drive off Highway V, east of Rolla.
    According to the Phelps County prosecutor’s office, a Phelps County sheriff’s deputy discharged his weapon several times at the rental car that Hanan was driving when Hanan attempted to run over the deputy and a Rolla police officer while trying to escape.
    Hanan was wounded in the back, shoulder, thigh and wrist and was apprehended a short time later south of Pinedale Drive when he crashed into a mobile home off Highway V, the prosecutor’s office stated.
    A passenger in the vehicle, Michael Randy Keaton Jr., also of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, was slightly wounded in the knee. Both Hanan and Keaton were hospitalized after their injuries.
    As a result of a search of the vehicle that Hanan was driving, officers found a half pound of marijuana and other evidence that indicated the marijuana was intended for sale or distribution.
    Keaton testified at the trial in Hanan’s defense, saying the marijuana in the car was his.
    Keaton had previously pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and resisting arrest in September 2012. He is serving 12 years in prison for those charges.
    Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger said Hanan had been convicted of the same type of offenses in Arkansas.
    Judge Gregory Warren presided over the trial and ordered a sentencing assessment report be prepared.
    Beger said Hanan could faces two life sentences plus seven years, Beger said, because of his previous convictions.
    Hanan’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Phelps County Courthouse in Rolla.

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