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Michael T. Hale

Fleeing suspect injures deputy

A Howard County Sheriff deputy was injured early Sunday morning during a struggle with a fleeing suspect.

Deputy Larry Sparks was on patrol in Indian Heights shortly after 1 a.m. when he observed a red 2006 Ford at Tepee Drive and Council Ring Boulevard driving without headlights.

When Sparks attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled before stopping in the 1200 block of Wigwam Drive. The suspect, identified as Michael T. Hale, 46, of the 1200 block of Wigwam Drive, exited his vehicle and jumped onto the hood of Spark’s patrol car.

Sparks pursued Hale on foot. That’s when Hale allegedly struck the deputy in the left eye with a fist. Hale was shot with a Taser and taken to the ground.

Afterwards he was arrested on charges of battery on a police officer, two counts of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, reckless driving and criminal mischief for damaging the county patrol car.

“Hale was just released from the Howard County Jail on Tuesday for time served on a perjury conviction,” said Sheriff Marty Talbert.

“Hale has an extensive criminal history, which includes arrests for burglary, forgery, theft, robbery, confinement, and impersonating a police officer. He is no stranger to our criminal justice system,” Talbert added.

Following the altercation, Sparks was treated and released from St. Joseph Hospital. He suffered a black eye, facial swelling, and a small laceration above his eye.

Talbert noted the Indiana Department of Correction offender database Web site lists 12 felony convictions for Hale.

“I am going to ask [prosecutor] Jim Fleming to investigate if Hale can be prosecuted as a habitual offender,” Talbert said.

Deputies were assisted by officers from Russiaville and Kokomo police departments. Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact the Howard County Sheriff Department at (765) 457-1105.

The following are the police reports logged reported on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006.

Howard County arrests

Friday, 10:35 p.m., police arrested Andrew Joseph Herrera, 20, of the 400 block of West Slate Street, at Washington and Monroe streets, on failure to appear for count 1, public intoxication, count 2, false informing, count 3, illegal possession.

Saturday, 1:15 p.m., police arrested Michelle L. Walker, 23, of the 300 block of East Murden Street, at her residence, on a bench warrant for failure to appear for driving while suspended.

Saturday, 6:13 p.m., police arrested Sherry Lynn Wilson, 46, of the 1000 block of South Bell Street, at Markland Avenue and Diamond Street, on a body attachment.

Saturday, 8:08 p.m., police arrested Heather Renee Tincher, Peru, at Hoffer and Plate streets on a class D felony charge of possession of marijuana.

Sunday, 12:29 a.m, police arrested Sharon Cottrell, 44, of the 700 block of West Walnut Street, at Taylor and Washington streets on a charge of public intoxication.

Sunday, 1:30 a.m., police arrested Kohl A. Shallenberger, 20, of the 400 block of West Mulberry Street, at his residence, on charges of two counts of burglary, a class B felony.

Sunday, 4:30 a.m., police arrested Ronald Campbell, 38, of the 900 block of East Monroe Street, at Superior and Union streets, on a class B misdemeanor charge of public intoxication, .15 BAC.

Sunday, 3:01 p.m., police arrested Gary A. Johnson, 25, at the 600 block of South Armstrong Street, at Sycamore and Longview streets, on a warrant for theft.


Sunday, 1:17 p.m., a resident of the 1100 block of North Courtland Avenue reported the theft of his vehicle, a 1991 White Chevy Lumina.

Sunday, an employee of GNC, 2925 S. Washington Street, reported five different deposit checks stolen, totalling $725.

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