Ashtabula sheriff’s deputy indicted, accused of assaulting suspects after chase

ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio — A sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on four charges stemming from alleged assaults that happened after an ATV chase on Sept. 11.

Sgt. James Truckey was indicted on charges of felonious assault, assault tampering with records and dereliction of duty.

Sheriff Bill Johnson declined to comment on the matter.

The indictment alleges that Truckey assaulted two people after the sheriff’s office assisted the Jefferson Police Department with the chase of an ATV.

The alleged victims were the operator and passenger of the ATV. The assaults are alleged to have occurred after the suspects were in custody.

Eric Platt, the operator of the ATV, has also been indicted in the incident. He faces charges of felonious assault, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and resisting arrest.

Platt is accused of trying to cause physical harm to Truckey while on the ATV during the chase.

The indictment alleges Truckey also falsified his report with the sheriff’s office in that incident. Truckey is currently on administrative leave.