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Forum Communications Co. report, Published August 27 2010

Man accused of throwing hammer to avoid arrest

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – A man is facing eight felony charges after an incident last week in which he allegedly broke into several cars here and threw a hammer at a police officer who was trying to take him into custody, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

Police Chief Dave Donegan said about 2:40 a.m. Aug. 20 an officer responded to a report of a male acting suspiciously near the Stutsman County Courthouse parking lot. A foot pursuit began and the subject could not be found. Officers began checking the area and discovered several vehicles that had been broken into.

Police continued their search in the southeast Jamestown area and another foot pursuit began. The subject was not found that time, either.

About 5 a.m., the suspect was seen riding in an automobile and was taken into custody.

The suspect has been identified as Anthony Shane Overlin, 32, formerly of Illinois and currently living at the Frontier Fort campground.

Overlin faces the following Class C felony charges: five counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle; one count of criminal attempt for unlawful entry into a motor vehicle; one count of burglary, for allegedly breaking into the Law Enforcement Center’s garage; one count of criminal attempt to commit aggravated assault on a police officer, for allegedly throwing a hammer at a police officer who was trying to take him into custody. He also faces two counts of refusing to halt, both Class B misdemeanors.

Overlin remains in the Stutsman County Correctional Center on $20,000 bond.

A Class C felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. A Class B misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in prison or a $1,000 fine.