A 52-year-old Ballinger man is in custody and facing numerous felony charges after a confrontation with law enforcement Wednesday afternoon.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said the man allegedly rammed two patrol vehicles, including a Texas game warden’s vehicle head-on in an attempt to avoid apprehension. The game warden was able to disable the vehicle by shooting out its tires.
The suspect, John Lloyd Jonas, was ultimately placed into custody after resisting arrest. He was transported to the Runnels County Jail and booked on multiple charges, including criminal trespass, Class B misdemeanor; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony; evading arrest, a third degree felony; resisting arrest, a third degree felony; and multiple counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, first degree felony.
The incident began at around 5 p.m. Wednesday after a Runnels County game warden, the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a landowner complaint about a trespasser. Jonas was alleged to be armed and information from the suspect vehicle showed that it had been reported stolen.
Officers found Jonas on a nearby county road and upon approach, he rammed two sheriff’s patrol vehicles and then rammed the game warden’s patrol vehicle head-on.
The Runnels County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Parks and Wildlife Criminal Investigations Unit are investigating the incident.