Man arrested after allegedly stealing deputy’s cruiser

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MASON COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – A man has been arrested in Mason County and is awaiting arraignment on several charges after allegedly stealing a deputy’s cruiser this morning.

According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Johnny Scott Hall was taken into custody at his home around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 18.

Mason County Sheriff Corey Miller says at around 7:45 Tuesday morning, a deputy tried to serve Hall with a misdemeanor and felony warrants on Mason 80 Road in Ashton WV. During the attempt to serve the warrants, Hall ran from the deputy and his K9 partner around a camper and was able to gain entry into the driver seat of the deputy’s cruiser. The deputy was able to grab Hall’s arm however, he was able to get the cruiser in reverse and back over the deputy’s right foot and leg. Hall was later taken into custody by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office after an 8 hour manhunt. The deputy sustained minor injuries to his foot and leg and is expected to make a full recovery.

While deputies searched for Hall, Ashton Elementary School and Hannan Jr./Sr. High School were placed on a precautionary lockdown. Mason County Schools Superintendent Jack Cullen said parents were able to pick their students up this afternoon and buses took the remaining students home around 2:30 p.m.

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