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Driver fights police after crash

Friday, November 14, 2003

Jeffrey Hoskins, 39, of Terre Haute was arrested Wednesday night following a property damage accident east of the Staunton flasher light on U.S. 40.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Department, when Clay County Deputy Rob Gambill went out to investigate, Hoskins, who is 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 260 pounds, became violent.

Brazil City Police Officer Chris Blila assisted and the two officers attempted to restrain Hoskins who tried to grab their guns and fought wildly. Back up was called in.

Carter reported that Gambill said if passers-by hadn't stopped to help, the situation could have gotten out of hand.

Hoskins was eventually restrained, arrested and taken to the Clay County Jail where he was charged with felony resisting and possible other charges.

Carter said there was evidence at the scene that Hoskins was under the influence of crack cocaine.

"This is a very dangerous situation that the police and the average citizen can face out on the road," Carter said. "When someone is on crack cocaine, their behavior is totally unpredictable and they can become violent."

Hoskins remained in jail at press time awaiting possible further charges and a court arraignment. He had calmed down considerably according to Carter.

Assisting with the case were Brazil City Police Dept., other policing agencies and passers-by at the scene. Reserve Deputy Josh Clarke was treated and released from the St. Vincent Clay Hospital with a hyper extended elbow.

The incident is still under investigation.

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