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Report: Woman rams police car

A Dennard woman is facing several charges after ramming a police vehicle, according to a news release.

Clinton Police officers asked Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies for assistance with a driver evading a traffic stop on June 14, a news release from the sheriff’s office states.

The driver continued north on Highway 65 at a high rate of speed and deputies joined the pursuit where it continued on to Highway 254 and then to Peyton Creek Road. The suspect attempted to ram officers several times until the chase ultimately ended with the suspect hitting a patrol vehicle near a residence off Peyton Creek Road, the report states.

Earleen Cooper, 39, of Dennard was arrested at the scene. She faces several misdemeanor charges as well as multiple felony charges for fleeing and ramming a police vehicle and causing injury to a law enforcement officer. Cooper was taken to the Van Buren County Detention Center to await a bond hearing. The officer involved in the collision was treated for minor injuries and released, the report said.

In another sheriff’s office case, a man has been charged with residential burglary. On June 8, 2013, deputies were dispatched to 2388 Rumley Road. The reporting party told deputies someone had kicked in the door to their residence and taken several items. A witness described a suspect who lived near the scene. Deputies went to his residence where they noticed several items that had been taken from the burglary, according to a news release.

Michael D. Wollert, 53, of Clinton was arrested and charged with two counts of residential burglary and theft of property. Wollert was released on a $15,000 bond.

In another case, deputies made an arrest on June 10 after responding to a disturbance call at 1340 Highway 330. When deputies arrived they found a shed behind the residence fully engulfed in fire. Deputies found Benjamin Soles, 29, of Choctaw, on the scene. He told deputies he had gotten mad at his father after an altercation and set fire to his father’s shed, the sheriff’s office report states.

Soles was arrested at the scene and faces charges of arson, a Class B felony.

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