A Lynchburg man is in the county jail following a chase with the Lynchburg Police Department that ended in the subject crashing his bike and damage to the police cruiser.
According to LPD Chief Jay Anderson, an officer was called to a residence in the village on a report of a domestic dispute with a person involved reportedly armed with a knife.
When officers arrived at the residence, the subject was not there, Anderson said. A female at the residence was transported to Highland District Hospital for injuries. The chief did not provide details on what types of injuries were sustained by the female.
Approximately two hours later, Anderson said, officers were called back to the residence due to the male subject returning and making threats.
When officers arrived they observed the subject leaving on a motorcycle. The subject, Anderson said, attempted to run into the police cruiser. When police attempted to pull the motorcycle over, the subject fled “at a high rate” of speed through the village.
The subject, later identified as Billie Joe Vaught, 45, led the chase out to Wise Road, Anderson said, and about 10 minutes later, Vaught crashed the bike in a field after hitting a creek bank off Duzlier Road. Due to the terrain, the cruiser following Vaught sustained damage, Anderson said.
Vaught was treated at HDH for minor injuries and released.
He is currently in custody at the Highland County Justice Center and charged with second-degree felony felonious assault and a number of misdemeanor offenses that include assault, endangering children, domestic violence, according to the jail’s website.
Vaught also had warrants for his arrest out of Clermont County, Anderson said. LPD was assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Emergency personnel with the fire department in Lynchburg also responded to the scene.
Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-402-2572 or on Twitter @ashepherdHTG.