Suspect caught after arresting deputy struck

Posted at 1:18 AM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 11:03:12-05

PIERCE TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A shoplifting suspect caught a temporary lucky break when the Clermont County deputy attempting to arrest him on Monday night was stuck by a vehicle. But after a nine-hour manhunt, the shoplifting suspect, identified as Trent A. Skeene, 18, was apprehended.

OSHP Lt. Wayne Price said Clermont County Deputy William Brewer responded to a theft in progress at the Pierce Township Walmart at around 10:40 p.m. Monday.

Brewer stopped a vehicle on SR 125 in which the suspect, Skeene, was seared in the rear passenger seat, Clermont County officials said. Brewer ordered Skeene out of the vehicle and prepared to handcuff and take him into custody.

Before the deputy could cuff Skeene, the two got into an altercation and fell to the ground. While they tussled, a passing vehicle driven by a 16-year-old girl hit the deputy, the Highway Patrol said.  

The deputy was able to call for help and was transported to Anderson Mercy Hospital. He did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

When Brewer was struck, Skeene fled the scene on foot with one arm handcuffed. K9 units searched for the suspect and he was located at around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office.

Skeene was taken into custody on Tuesday without incident and is charged with resisting arrest.

The 16-year-old driver who struck Brewer stopped and was cooperating with the investigation, police said. The female driver struck the deputy while driving roughly 30 miles per hour and alcohol and drugs are not suspected.

No charges have been filed against the driver, and the crash remains under investigation, the Highway Patrol said.