PORT TOWNSEND — A Brinnon man was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon after prosecutors said he attacked a sheriff’s deputy on Sunday afternoon.
Glen Jones was charged after he allegedly attacked Deputy Derek Allen with a claw hammer, according to the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
He was being held Monday in the Jefferson County Jail on $500,000 bail.
Allen sustained minor injuries, according to the Detective Brett Anglin of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Anglin gave this account in a news release:
Allen attempted to pull over a small Dodge truck for a minor traffic violation while he was on patrol in Brinnon on Dosewallips Road near Schoolhouse and Dosewallips roads at about 12:03 p.m. Sunday.
The driver of the truck sped away when Allen turned on his emergency lights, drove onto the shoulder of the road, made a U-turn and and drove directly at Allen, Anglin said.
Allen maneuvered to avoid a head-on collision and then turned around to chase the driver. The driver turned around to chase Allen.
Allen stopped at the intersection of Schoolhouse and Dosewallips roads “and the suspect attempted one last time to run into the deputy’s vehicle,” Anglin said.
Instead, Allen ran his patrol car into the passenger side of the other car in an attempt to stop the chase, Anglin said.
The man left his car clutching a a claw hammer and charged Allen, according to Anglin’s news release.
Allen deployed his Taser twice, hitting the driver, but the Taser had no effect, Anglin said.
Still holding the hammer, the driver tried to get into the patrol car through the open driver’s door.
Allen tackled him.
The two fought for several minutes with the driver continuing the hold onto the hammer.
About 19 minutes after the initial call, sheriff’s deputies and State Patrol troopers arrived to assist Allen.
Jones was taken to Jefferson Healthcare hospital in Port Townsend where he was cleared for booking in Jefferson County Jail, Anglin said.
Several people saw the struggle, according to Anglin. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking information from witnesses. Anyone with information is urged to call 360-385-3831.