Deputies Shoot Boat Engine To Stop Suspect


One Roosevelt Lake reveler had a Memorial Day weekend involving a short boat chase and police gunfire that he won't soon forget.
And he'll have plenty of time to reflect on the adventure as he sits in jail.
Gila County Deputy Johnna Kemper spotted Charles Hall of Phoenix, who was driving a boat Sunday afternoon around Roosevelt Marina. Kemper suspected Hall was drunk and pulled him over to conduct a field sobriety test, Gila county officials said in a Tuesday press release. The test confirmed Kemper's suspicions, the release reported, and Hall was arrested.
When Kemper told Hall he was under arrest, he verbally resisted arrest.
Joined by Deputy Darryl Stubbs, Kemper placed the suspect in the county's law enforcement water craft, and the deputies attempted to place a life preserver on the suspect before placing him in handcuffs.
At that point, according to the release, Hall began to strike the deputies and a fight ensued, during which Hall tried, but failed, to toss the deputies off their own water craft.
Freeing himself from the long arm of the law, Hall fled to his own boat, ignoring the deputies' commands to stop and Stubbs drawn handgun.
The suspect, responding only with profanities, proceeded to back his water craft out of the marina, the release said. Stubbs fired about eight bullets into the engine of the boat and Hall was arrested soon after the boat came to a stop, Gila County officials said.
Hall was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, escape and two counts of operating under the influence. He was booked into the Gila County Jail in Globe and is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

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