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Deputy dragged by vehicle while attempting to stop thief

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Police launch manhunt for Versailles man suspected of stealing, scraping vehicles

By BEN CARLSON

A deputy with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office sustained minor injuries Oct. 18 while attempting to apprehend a suspected vehicle thief.

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Deputy Brian Wooldridge was dragged about several feet while reaching into pickup truck allegedly stolen by a man he identified as Zackery Jones, 33, of Versailles.

Jones is wanted by police on a variety of charges. Sheriff Joe Milam said if anyone sees Jones, they should not attempt to approach him and immediately call 911.

The incident occurred when Wooldridge received a tip that Jones was attempting to scrap what is believed to be a stolen maroon Chevrolet pickup truck at Francis Recycling, located on U.S. 127 in Lawrenceburg.

Surveillance footage from the business shows Wooldridge walking across the road to confront Jones, who at the time was parked. As Wooldridge got closer, Jones put the truck in gear and attempted to leave. As he passed by, Wooldridge reached into the driver side window to stop him, but ended up being dragged a short distance before falling in the parking lot.

“I could only hang on so long,” said Wooldridge.

Wooldridge said he sustained an assortment of bumps and bruises, along with abrasions, but was able to return to duty.

Following his escape, Jones is suspected of dumping the Chevy pickup and police say it’s possible that he stole another vehicle to get away.

Jones is a suspect in the theft of several local vehicles, including an Avalon that he allegedly scraped.

He is facing a barrage of charges, including first-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree wanton endangerment, along with pending charges for receiving stolen property.

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