Man Takes 15-year Plea for Ramming Paoli Police Vehicle and Assaulting Officer


By Carlee Barnett
News Star Reporter

Paoli Assistant Chief of Police Justin Hutchings was conducting a traffic stop on June 22nd of this year when he learned that the driver Quinn Wykoff had a valid felony warrant for his arrest. 

When Hutchings proceeded to arrest Wykoff, he resisted, and a fight ensued. During the altercation, Wykoff pulled out a knife, and Hutchings then drew his service weapon. 

Wykoff subsequently ran to his truck and attempted to flee.

Hutchings returned to his vehicle and had just got in, when Wykoff threw his truck into reverse and backed into the patrol vehicle at a high speed. The impact caused major damage to the patrol vehicle. 

Wykoff then sped away from the scene and Hutchings pursued. During the chase Wykoff locked up his brakes and reversed into the patrol vehicle a second time. The mechanical damage to the patrol vehicle rendered it inoperable and Hutchings was unable to pursue Wykoff any further.

After the altercation, a statewide manhunt was issued for the capture of Wykoff. He was caught near Elmore City on June 25th, after an individual called into police that they recognized a truck Wykoff was suspected to have stolen. 

Officers investigated the call and, after a brief foot chase into a wooded area, behind the house that the stolen vehicle was parked outside of, Wykoff was taken into police custody.

On October 7th, Wykoff accepted a plea agreement to multiple charges, including assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and possession of Methamphetamine.

As part of the plea agreement, Wykoff was sentenced to fifteen years in prison and five years of probation.