MIAMI COUNTY — A local man was recently incarcerated after reportedly ramming another car with his truck and then threatening the other driver with a gun.
Richard C. Haney Sr., 84, of Fletcher, was charged with second-degree felonious assault and first-degree misdemeanor menacing in connection with this incident.
The incident took place on U.S. Route 36, beginning near Kienle Drive in Piqua and then ending near Troy-Sidney Road on May 25, at approximately 9:10 p.m.
According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Haney admitted to crashing into the victim’s vehicle on purpose and then brandishing a firearm toward the victim with the intent to scare her. The firearm used was an H&R Revolver, .22LR caliber, which troopers from the Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol seized as evidence.
Haney reportedly knew the victim and said he did it because he wanted the victim to talk to him. One of the troopers who responded to the scene noted that Haney said, “If she would have just talked to me, I wouldn’t have had to do that.”
Haney also admitted to his actions in a signed written statement, and according to his written statement, the gun used during the incident was loaded. He claimed it did not work, though, due to a broken firing mechanism.
The victim’s vehicle reportedly sustained damage, but was able to drive away from the scene. Haney’s truck was towed from the scene. A Piqua EMS squad responded to the scene, but both parties refused treatment and there were no reported injuries. Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies and officers from the Piqua Police Department also assisted at the scene.
Haney is continuing to be held at the Miami County Jail on a total bond of $51,000.
A mental health evalucation was ordered for Haney. A preliminary hearing for Haney is scheduled for today.
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