Stolen tractor leads officers on chase

By Jeff Linville -
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SILOAM — A search for a stolen lawn tractor led to a rammed squad car before the subject was captured.

Benjamin Shannon Hall, 36, of 108 Pebble Trail, Dobson, faces several charges after an incident Tuesday morning in the Siloam community.

According to Sheriff Jimmy Combs, it all started with a phone call from a resident on Stanford Church Road around 7 a.m. Tuesday. She said someone had taken her Kubota lawn tractor with front loader from the house overnight.

As deputies were responding, a suspicious vehicle was reported on Allen Road, off of Stanford Church Road, according to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office. That caller advised that someone had just driven a small tractor out of the woods to a house and the driver was requesting to use a phone.

As officers arrived on the scene, the suspect attempted to flee on the tractor, said a news release from the sheriff’s office. A short chase ensued, involving a deputy and an officer from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. The suspect struck the deputy’s patrol car, then rammed through a gate before being grabbed by officers and handcuffed.

Hall remains in the Surry County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond after being charged with the following:

• One count of felony larceny;

• One count of felony possession of stolen goods;

• Two counts of misdemeanor injury to personal property;

• One count of misdemeanor injury to real property;

• One count of misdemeanor assault on a government official;

• One count of misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

He was given a July 23 court appearance.

But first, Hall has a July 16 court date in Stokes County for charges of driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, driving with no vehicle registration, reckless driving to endanger, driving a motorcycle/scooter with no helmet, and having a revoked license plate.

On Aug. 3 Hall has a Surry County date for the charge of reckless driving to endanger.

On Sept. 4 he has several charges including second-degree trespassing, two counts of breaking and entering a vehicle, two counts of injury to personal property, driving while license revoked, communicating threats, resisting an officer, offering bribes, larceny and two counts of tampering with a vehicle with intent to steal.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Hall spent from Dec. 7, 2016, to Feb. 12, 2017, in prison for multiple convictions including attempted assault with a deadly weapon to inflict serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon, wanton injury to personal property, possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and assault.

In 2012 he spent three months in jail for Possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a female, carrying a concealed weapon, and wanton injury to personal property.

In 2005 he received probation and a suspended sentence for a conviction of assault with a deadly weapon.


By Jeff Linville

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