Upper resident arrested for threatening police

Published 11:03 am Tuesday, May 18, 2010

UPPER TOWNSHIP — An Upper Township man was arrested early Monday after threatening a police officer and assaulting a family member. A Coal Grove police officer was injured in the incident.

Jason S. Preston, 35, 255 Township Road 308, Ironton, was charged with felonious assault, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and intimidation of a public official.

According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office report, family members told authorities Preston came home intoxicated, began to fight with them and choked his victim.

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While another person at the residence called 911, Preston reportedly grabbed a bowl, broke it and tried to stab the victim with it.

Coal Grove Officer Mike Ferguson said in his report he found Preston hiding in bushes outside the residence when he arrived.

Preston reportedly told Ferguson he had 22 counts of assault on a police officer in Kentucky and proceeded to threaten Ferguson. Ferguson told Preston he was being arrested and Preston reportedly resisted.

Ferguson’s shoulder was injured in the scuffle.

Preston allegedly continued to scuffle with Ferguson and Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hankins before being taken to the Lawrence County Jail. Ironton Police Capt. Joe Ross also responded to the call.