Connersville man arrested on multiple felony charges

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WAYNE CO., Ind– Around 6:15 p.m. Monday evening, Pendleton Trooper Scott McPheeters was off duty and doing yard work at his home in south western Wayne County. While doing work he heard a lawn mower coming up his driveway. He walked around to the front of his home, where his children were playing, and saw a man and a small boy driving up on a riding lawn mower.

The man, who was obviously intoxicated, asked McPheeters for a tow. He then became belligerent when McPheeters offered to call a ride for the two of them. McPheeters took his own children into his home and called for assistance. He then went back out to await the backup and to attempt to calm the man down.

At one point the man, 22-year-old Samuel L. Wilson, pulled a knife from his belt and threatened McPheeters, but the trooper was able to talk him into putting the knife down.

When Cambridge City Officer Larry Kuhn arrived, the man resisted and refused to follow directions. He even attempted to use his 5-year-old son as a shield. Officers were able to get the boy free from the man and take him into custody.

Wilson had a BAC more than two times the legal limit. He was arrested and charged with Intimidation, Criminal Recklessness, Operating While Intoxicated with a passenger less than 18 years of age, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Police transported Wilson to the Wayne County Jail.

Division of Child Services was also called to the scene. The 5-year-old boy was released to his custodial parent.

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