Justin B. Taylor, 31, 3174 Old State Route 34, was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, vandalism over $10,000 and driving on a suspended license.
It happened Nov. 4 at a residence on Miller Street, according to a court document filed by Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Curt Sells. He responded to 125 Miller St. on a hit-and-run accident. The resident there, who was not identified in the document, told officers he and his children arrived home around 9 p.m. He heard a vehicle at the top of the hill revving its engine so he sent his children inside the house. The man told officers that Taylor, driving a blue Ford Ranger, drove to the residence and rammed the back of his truck while he was sitting inside it. The victim used his truck to push the Ranger out of his driveway and Taylor drove away. But he didn’t stay away, the man told officers.
Taylor allegedly returned to the Miller Street residence on a Kubota front-end loader tractor and began ramming the victim’s truck. Taylor pushed the truck into a GMC sport utility vehicle that was also parked at the residence. The victim retrieved a 12-gauge shotgun and fired twice at the tractor, he told officers. His son brought out a 20-gauge shotgun, but instead of shooting at Taylor, the victim hit Taylor in the face with the gun’s stock so hard it broke off. He said Taylor tried to run him over with the tractor.
Taylor apparently drove the tractor into the corner of the residence before eventually leaving the scene. Officers found Taylor in a camper at his residence, and he claimed to have been shot in the face. His face was bleeding and there was blood on the tractor, according to the warrant.
“Outside the camper was an orange Kubota tractor with blood on the right fender and steering wheel. On the left rear fender there was what appeared to be damage from shots fired from a shotgun,” Sells wrote in the arrest warrant. Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and transported Taylor to an area hospital.
There was no indication in the court documents if the two men know each other or if there had been some type previous altercation between them.
Taylor was arraigned on the charges Monday and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 22. He was being held on a $5,000 bond.