News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 25, 2013

Trial date set for man accused of attacking Vigo County deputy

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute man accused of attacking a Vigo County Sheriff’s Deputy has an Aug. 12 trial date.

Keenan Harris, 36, appeared via video in Vigo Superior Court 5 on Friday morning where he was charged with three class-D felonies and three class-A misdemeanors related to a Tuesday night incident in North Terre Haute.

Harris was arrested after an incident that began at about 9:45 p.m. on Lafayette Avenue near Haythorne Avenue. Deputy Brent Hall was driving his squad car south on Lafayette, when Harris’ northbound pickup truck crossed the center line and almost collided head-on with Hall’s vehicle.

Hall, who was off-duty at the time, turned his squad car around and turned on his emergency lights to pursue the suspect vehicle. The suspect driver pulled into the parking lot of a local restaurant and ran from his vehicle into a lightly wooded area. According to an Indiana State Police report on the incident, Harris lunged at Hall, but the deputy side-stepped the move and deflected Harris, who struck his head on a concrete step. Hall placed Harris in restraints, and the deputy noticed that he had also been injured in the encounter.

The incident was investigated by ISP trooper Mike Finney, who responded to the scene to assist Hall.

Hall was treated at Union Hospital for a minor cut to his hand, and was released.

Harris sustained a cut on his head and was transported to Union Hospital for treatment. Harris had a blood-alcohol content reported at 0.29 percent, which is more than three times the legal driving limit in Indiana. He was later transferred as a precaution to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was arrested by Indiana State Police at the hospital on Thursday.

Records at the Vigo County Jail show that Harris has an arrest history that includes alcohol-related offenses, battery and resisting arrest.

During Friday’s hearing, Senior Judge Barbara Brugnaux read two charges of resisting law enforcement, two counts of driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or more, and driving while intoxicated with a prior conviction in he past five years.

She kept his bail set at $25,000, but allowed 10 percent cash to be posted.

The judge also ordered an indefinite suspension of Harris’ driving privileges.