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Man sentenced to prison for running over girlfriend

September 25, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - James K. Bishop, 41, of 671 county Road 47, Toronto, was sentenced Monday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center.

Bishop pleaded guilty to vehicular assault, failure to comply with the order of a police officer and endangering children after allegedly running over his girlfriend while his children were in the vehicle on June 29.

Jefferson County sheriff's deputies reported arriving at the residence to find Jonni Lyn Zook, also of 671 county Road 46, lying on the ground with facial injuries, cuts to her body and tire tracks on her back. According to reports, Zook and Bishop got into an argument over his driving with his children in the car while being intoxicated. Bishop reportedly gathered his three children in the vehicle, with Zook hanging onto the vehicle as Bishop left the property.

Zook was dragged for a distance before Bishop eventually ran over her and left the scene, according to reports. The sheriff's department then issued a bulletin to other law enforcement to be looking for the vehicle. Bishop's vehicle was seen by a Saline Township patrolman traveling on state Route 7 near state Route 213. Police gave chase, and Bishop entered the Yellow Creek campground after running into the Saline Township officer's vehicle, according to reports. Jefferson County deputies then used a Humvee to track Bishop into a wooded area. Bishop resisted and had to be Tasered and forcibly taken from the vehicle into custody, the sheriff's department reported.

Bruzzese placed Bishop on one year of probation. He faces up to three years in prison if he violates probation. Bruzzese also suspended Bishop's driver's license for three years.

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