Wisconsin Man Accused of Ramming State Police Vehicle, Fleeing Police Arraigned

A Wisconsin man has been charged with a number of felonies after fleeing from police in mid-January

36-year-old Jonah Vaughn was charged in the 84th District Court in Missaukee County with one count of assaulting and resisting causing injury to a police officer, one count of flee and elude – 3rd degree and one count of unlawful driving away of an automobile.

A trooper from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Cadillac Post was assisting the MSP Seventh District Fugitive Team locate a wanted suspect on January 13. The trooper conducted a traffic stop of an older model Dodge pickup truck around 11:20 a.m. on Maple St. in Missaukee County’s McBain. The driver exited the vehicle and was speaking with the Fugitive Team. The trooper was attempting to identify the passenger inside the truck, who refused to provide any identification. When the trooper asked him to take the keys out of the ignition, the passenger slid over to the driver side and fled the scene.

The trooper pursued the truck. The suspect rammed the patrol vehicle twice, the second time causing it to swerve into a ditch and disabling it.

The truck was eventually found abandoned in Osceola County’s Marion. The suspect was identified as 36-year-old Jonah Vaughn. After leaving a residence in Marion, he again fled police on a UTV which police say eventually got stuck, so he continued to flee on foot. A police canine unit was deployed and made contact with Vaughn. Police say Vaughn continued to resist. A trooper then deployed a Taser, allowing police to make an arrest.

Vaughn is being held on a $250,000 bond. He’s scheduled to reappear in court February 8.