Ward charged in Hardin County
By Jeff Whitten
Jerry Matthew Ward, of Purdy, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, felony evading arrest, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance) and failure to give immediate notice of an accident in Hardin County General Sessions Court.
The charges arise out of an incident that occurred in Crump on Dec. 9 after 11 p.m. According to an electronic traffic crash report by Trooper Charles Stewart, a white 2010 Ford CVC police vehicle driven by Patrolman Daryl Colt Jones was attempting to stop a 1996 blue Ford Ranger driven by Jerry Mathew Ward south bound on Highway 22, when the Ranger crossed over to the north bound lane and turned the vehicle facing west bound on 22, blocking the roadway. The police car struck the Ranger in the passenger side door. The police car ran off the right side of the roadway and down an embankment.