A local man reportedly told law enforcement to “just shoot me” during his most recent arrest Saturday after leading police on a high-speed chase and assaulting an officer.
Jacob Rochon, 37, was arrested on a multitude of charges Saturday, Aug. 10, less than two weeks after appearing in Traffic Court on Aug. 1 and spending 48 hours in jail for a previous crime.
According to the arrest warrant, state trooper Tony Myers received a call of a possible drunk driver on Highway 55 in Warren County heading toward McMinnville. As trooper Myers converged, the driver turned around and made a U-turn while smoking his tires.
When emergency lights were activated to make a traffic stop, Rochon began to flee, running a red light and brake-checking the officer in an attempt to be struck by the trooper. As the chase intensified, Rochon’s vehicle reached speeds of 85 mph.
After turning onto Old Well Road, Rochon continued driving in a reckless manner on both sides of the road before making a left turn onto McGowen Road.
The driver intentionally swerved to hit a passing vehicle, which managed to drive into a ditch to avoid being struck.
The warrant states after Rochon made another turn, he pulled into a private drive and jumped out of the vehicle.
Trooper Myers exited his patrol car and held Rochon at gunpoint, ordering him to lie on the ground. Rochon began to approach the officer yelling for Myers to “just shoot me.”
As Myers was giving several commands to get on the ground, Rochon continued begging the officer to shoot him. Rochon began walking away, leading Myers to holster his weapon and use his hands to place him under arrest.
During the point of the arrest, Rochon began to resist by punching at the state trooper until Myers used a straight arm bar to take the suspect to the ground and place him in handcuffs. Trooper Myers allegedly noticed an extreme odor of alcohol coming from Rochon’s person.
Rochon was searched and placed in the patrol vehicle. As Myers was searching the suspect’s car, Rochon became combative and began to bang his head against the window of the patrol unit. As Myers opened the door to tell Rochon to stop, Rochon started kicking him.
Rochon was taken out of the police vehicle by force, placed on the ground and leg shackles were applied. Rochon was put into a Warren County Sheriff’s Department unit to be transported immediately due to his combative behavior. Rochon did not perform a field sobriety test due to his behavior.
Rochon received charges of driving under the influence, evading arrest by motor vehicle, driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault on a police officer. Rochon will appear in court Sept. 19.