Man, 65, upset about road closure gets arrested

KINGMAN - A 65-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning after he got combative with authorities over a road that was closed by a car accident.

Mohave County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said deputies were working the scene of a two-car accident at the intersection of E. Sierra Vista Avenue and N. Irving Street around 8:30 a.m. when James M. Lucas pulled up in his truck.

Deputies reportedly told Lucas that the road was inaccessible while they did their investigation and that he should find another route. Carter said Lucas refused, telling deputies that he could see his house from where he sat.

After Lucas reportedly ignored several warnings that he was interfering with an investigation, deputies approached his truck and informed him that he was being arrested. Carter said Lucas locked the driver's side door and when the deputy reached in to unlock it, Lucas began to drive away with the deputy's hands still reaching inside.

The deputy was bumped by the truck but managed to keep pace with the vehicle for some 60 feet before Lucas stopped, at which time he was taken into custody. The deputy was not injured.

Lucas was booked into the Mohave County Jail on charges of felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Neither party in the original accident was seriously injured.