Charges Bound To Grand Jury Against Man Who Sped Toward Firefighters At Boy Scout Road

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Richard Roy Hill,
Richard Roy Hill,

Charges have been bound to the Grand Jury against a man who police say sped toward several firefighters at Boy Scout Road near Highway 153.

General Sessions Court Judge Christie Sell bound the charges against Richard Roy Hill, 56, of Echo Glen Drive.

He was charged with aggravated assault, three counts of reckless aggravated assault, violation of a traffic control device and resisting arrest. Judge Sell changed the latter charge to evading arrest.

In the incident on March 19, witnesses said there were flooding conditions and firefighters were dealing with a vehicle in a ditch. A fire truck had been placed across Boy Scout Road and vehicles were being told to turn around.

It was testified that Hill drove up in a pickup truck and looked at a firefighter who was down the road turning the vehicles around. Then Hill suddenly sped ahead.

The firefighter said, "I began screaming at my guys. I was literally screaming because I didn't want my guys to get hurt."

He added, "He was definitely going faster than he should have been."

Hill went through a parking lot around the fire truck to get to his nearby home.

The three firefighters said they did not have to dive out of the way, but they scurried out of the roadway when they saw the truck approaching at a fast pace.

Officer Jeffrey Buckner said he obtained the bill for Hill from a nearby bar, showing he had seven beers.

He said he went to Hill's house, but no one would come to the door. He said Hill finally came out after he got on a PA system.

The officer said Hill had slurred speech and watery, red eyes. He tested .180 on a blood alcohol test - well above the .08 drunk level.

Officer Buckner said Hill stated, "I don't know what I did wrong. It was the firefighters' fault." 


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