Brandon Risner, 23, of 5918 E. State Route 274, Rushsylvania, was charged with felony aggravated vehicular assault, along with menacing, criminal trespass, leaving the scene of an injury crash, reckless operation and failure to control following an incident Thursday afternoon.
Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched about 3 p.m. to the Shelly Company, 1558 County Road 105, Belle Center, in reference to an altercation involving a former employee.
A manager, Robert Hewitt, 35, reported that the defendant had come to the business and driven into a restricted area. Mr. Risner reportedly had demanded his former job back, and the manager stated that Mr. Risner had walked off the job in the spring of 2013 and he was not getting his job back.
Mr. Hewitt said the defendant became confrontational and attempted to exit his sport utility vehicle to start a fight. However, Mr. Hewitt shut the SUV’s door and then Mr. Risner fled the scene in a reckless manner.
As deputies were meeting with the manager, they were informed by other witnesses about two men who were observed walking along County Road 49 near C.R. 105 and that one of the men was bleeding badly.
Deputies checked the area and located the suspect’s abandoned SUV on C.R. 105 near C.R. 49.
The vehicle had sustained heavy damage after being involved in a crash.
Mr. Risner and Franklin Chamberlin, 43, of Lakeview, soon were located. Mr. Risner was not injured, but his passenger, Mr. Chamberlin, was transported by BMRT squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for non-incapacitating injuries. He later was transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.
Regarding the crash, Mr. Risner reportedly was exiting the parking lot at Shelly Company when he drove north across C.R. 105, struck a guardrail and then left the scene.
The defendant had been drinking alcohol, but deputies report that he passed field sobriety tests.
He was lodged in the Logan County Jail. Deputies continue to investigate the crash.