On March 4th, at 5:26 p.m., Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ed Moorhead was traveling east bound on Highway 84 inside Decatur County when he met a gray Dodge Challenger that he believed to be involved in the assault of a law enforcement officer earlier that date in Baker County. A lookout had been given for the vehicle earlier in reference to the assault and theft of the vehicle with the officer’s service weapon inside.
Deputy Moorhead turned around on the suspect east of Hwy 310 and began to verify to vehicle’s tag information. Deputy Moorhead noticed that the suspect vehicle was speeding up. He then radioed Seminole 911 and other officers this information. Deputy Moorhead, with the assistance of Deputies Will Owen and Tom Foster, caught up with suspect vehicle in the area of Cannington Road just west of Iron City. The suspect vehicle entered the ditch where he was attempting to gain traction. Deputy Moorhead entered to the ditch and struck the vehicle on the passenger side rear bumper, behind the rear tire, in an effort to stop the vehicle.
The driver, identified as Timothy J. Hatten, age 28 of Newton, was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest for felony fleeing and attempting to elude, aggravated assault on an officer, reckless driving, speeding, and suspended license. He is currently being held in jail on a probation violation warrant and pending charges from Baker County.