Another Stanford man was indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury last Friday in a case related to the wreck that resulted in Rodney Alcorn’s indictment (see adjacent story).
While law enforcement officers and Lincoln County fire and emergency personnel were working the scene of Alcorn’s wreck on US 150, an indictment says that Charles Dotson, 44, committed nine separate counts of wanton endangerment by engaging in conduct that put Keith Kirkpatrick, Billy Miller, Rex Neal, Calvin Wall Jr., Michael Mullins, Ryan Kirkpatrick, Sim Thacker, Donnie Moses and Rodney Wren in substantial danger of death or serious physical injury.
A news release said that on Oct. 24, 2010, Dotson came upon the scene of the previous accident on US 150 and, when he found the highway closed as officers conducted their investigation, he “disregarded Deputy (Sim) Thacker’s attempts to stop him and drove directly at the troopers who were taking measurements. Both troopers dodged the vehicle as the suspect fled the scene.
At least five Lincoln County firefighters were assisting with traffic control and they too had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the vehicle.”
Dotson was also indicted for fleeing or evading police for the chase that ensued as law enforcement officers pursued him, and also for criminal mischief for ramming a Lincoln County deputy’s vehicle as he tried to escape. At the time of his arrest, Dotson was also charged with having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.
Dotson’s bail was set at $100,000 cash or property and he will be arraigned on Mar. 11.
In an unrelated case, Michael Douglas of Crab Orchard was also indicted by a grand jury for charges stemming from an Oct. 7, 2010 incident. The indictment charges that Douglas entered property owned by Lonnie Pruitt, took property worth more than $500 and destroyed or damaged more than $1,000 worth of Pruitt’s property.
Wanton endangerment charged
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