Lincoln grand jury indicts man who allegedly bit officer

May 19, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - A Lincoln County grand jury recently indicted a 20-year old man charged with biting a Stanford police officer and punching a state trooper during his arrest.

Jedidiah J. Meade, 121 Citation Drive, Danville, was indicted on two counts of third-degree assault, trafficking in marijuana, and first-degree possession of cocaine.

According to police reports, officers were advised that a suspicious man was behind a house on Powell Street in Stanford about 3:30 a.m. April 13. The man allegedly lunged at officers, striking Trooper Eric Taylor in the side and biting Stanford officer T.J. Hill on the arm, drawing blood. Marijuana and cash allegedly were later found on Meade.

Stanford Detective Rick Edwards was the grand jury witness.

Bail has been set at $10,000 - 10 percent cash. Arraignment will be 10 a.m. June 11 in Lincoln Circuit Court.


Others indicted include:

* Dallas R. Petrey Jr., on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a handgun, possession of drug paraphernalia, no vehicle insurance and expired or no registration plate.

Police allege that two glass pipes were found with Petrey, including two plastic bags and one vial of methamphetamine when he was arrested February in Crab Orchard.

Trooper B.B. Curlis was the grand jury witness. Petrey will be arraigned at 10 a.m. June 30.

* Richard S. Johnson, 31, 104 S. Second St., Stanford, was indicted on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing and evading police, driving with a suspended license, and resisting arrest.

Johnson was allegedly traveling between houses around Cotton Avenue and River Drive asking for crack.

He reportedly was driving in a reckless manor, speeding and running other vehicles off the road. Johnson reportedly escaped in a field before state police K-9 units located him. Johnson allegedly acted violently while placed under arrest, threatening officers with physical violence. Johnson also is wanted in Georgia, report police.

Stanford police officer Barry McCoy was the grand jury witness. Arraignment will be 10 a.m. June 11.

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