Norwalk man faces charges

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM

SANDUSKY — An intoxicated Norwalk man who ran a truck into an Avery motel room in early February was indicted by an Erie County grand jury on two counts each of attempted murder and felonious assault.

Joel Deleon, 32, of 5144 U.S. 250, Lot 27, also faces one charge of vandalism in connection with driving his relative’s 1993 Ford F-150 pickup truck into the Super 8 Motel. Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Sigsworth has said the suspect was attempting to run over his ex-girlfriend and her 13-year-old son.

The truck narrowly missed the 37-year-old Norwalk woman, who was looking through the peephole of her room moments earlier. She and her son sustained minor injuries from flying debris.

Sigsworth said Deleon was traveling at an “excessive speed,” but his starting distance from the motel room remains unknown.

After the incident, the driver fled on foot to his mother’s home at a nearby U.S. 250 mobile home park.

Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Shupp received a 9-1-1 call from the home “with a lot of screaming going on” just as he arrived, Major Greg Englund said earlier. The deputy chased the suspect on foot into the nearby woods, where the pair wrestled as Deleon attempted to flee several times.

Shupp eventually had to use his Taser to subdue Deleon, whom authorities determined was intoxicated.

On Feb. 4, Erie County Municipal Judge Paul Lux sentenced Deleon to 60 days in the Erie County Jail for driving under the influence. The suspect also had his driver’s license suspended for three years, and was fined $1,500 with half of the fine suspended as part of his three years of probation.

Deleon has been in jail since Feb. 2.

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