A Madison County grand jury recently indicted a local man on charges of resisting arrest, first degree wanton endangerment, fourth degree assault, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Richmond officers were called to a single-vehicle injury accident near Red House Road back in November when a driver called police claiming that 33-year old Joe Asher drove them off the road. The victim, according to the citation, told police that Asher also allegedly hurt them.
When police arrived at the scene, they witnesses the vehicle off of the road with heavy front-end damage.
The victim was located in the passenger seat, and had to be extricated from the car. However, the victim refused treatment by EMS on scene.
When speaking with police, the victim said they had been drinking with Asher at a local bar, and was unable to locate their phone in order to ascertain another ride.
The victim continued in the citation to police that they allowed Asher to drive, however he reached speeds of 120 mph on the Bypass. When the victim asked Asher to slow down, he allegedly struck them multiple times. It was not until the victim was able to get the vehicle in neutral that the situation de-escalated and the car crashed.
Officers followed a trail of blood to Asher’s residence, and found blood over the door as well on the victim. Police located Asher inside, and he refused treatment from EMS and allegedly smelled of alcohol. Before being taken into custody, Asher allegedly struggled with police to be handcuffed. He was evaluated at the hospital before being taken to the Madison County Detention Center.