Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Suspect was on parole

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The 21-year-old man accused of driving his car into a police officer Sunday night had been on parole for more than two months.

        One condition of J.C. Scott Arnold's parole was to wear an electronic monitoring device around his ankle, said Kentucky Department of Corrections spokeswoman Pamela Trautner.

        At any given time, there are 70 to 75 parolees or probationers in Northern Kentucky wearing the electronic monitoring devices, Ms. Trautner said.

        Corrections officials declined to discuss the specifics of Mr. Arnold's parole. They said he was allowed to be outside his residence at the time he is accused of backing his car into Covington Officer Robert Auton, 25.

        Officer Auton was trying to stop Mr. Arnold, who was driving on a suspended license, for a traffic violation. The officer is recuperating at home from injuries to his ribs, left side, knee and hand.

        Ms. Trautner would not say when Mr. Arnold last reported to his parole officer, or if he had previously violated his parole.

        “Electronic monitoring is one of the tools we use for supervision,” she said. “Electronic monitoring gives us a better idea of the whereabouts of a parolee at various times.”

        Mr. Arnold served 2 1/2 years at a state corrections facility after being convicted of second-degree robbery on July 1, 1998, in a Campbell County court.

        Now he faces new charges of attempted murder, second-degree assault, reckless driving and first-degree fleeing and evading police. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held in Kenton County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.


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