Mercer County man charged in Washington County with wanton endangerment

A Mercer County man was arrested Monday night after his pickup truck nearly struck a Washington County deputy sheriff, according to Kentucky State Police.

Melvin L. Ison, 31, of Harrodsburg was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, state police said in a news release.

Deputy Sheriff Charlie Osbourn responded Monday afternoon to a call of a suspicious vehicles and possible drug activity on Murray Lane northwest of Springfield.

Osbourn saw two pickup trucks and asked two passengers to get out of one of the trucks. The driver of one truck drove off and almost struck Osbourn, who fired his weapon at the vehicle.

The truck was later found abandoned in Harrodsburg, and police learned that Ison had been the driver.

Ison was arrested late Monday in Harrodsburg late Monday and was being held in the Marion County jail in Lebanon.