A Maricopa man is accused of attempting to kill an Indiana state trooper after carjacking a man and his daughter.
Javonte J. Miles, 21, of the 45000 block of West Sky Lane in Maricopa Meadows, is charged with felony attempted murder, attempted robbery, battery on a public safety official and three counts of resisting law enforcement, according to Lake Superior Court records. He is being held without bail at Lake County Jail.
Miles, who allegedly tried to carjack a man and his daughter on July 25 as the man drove a Chevrolet Corvette on Interstate 80 in the city of Hammond, Indiana, nearly struck a state trooper twice with a vehicle, according to a report by the Northwest Indiana Times. The incidents on the interstate occurred about 30 minutes after Miles allegedly took a Ford Focus from the owner of a car lot and intentionally ran over the man, who suffered critical injuries.
According to the Times report, a state trooper responding to the attempted carjacking report, then gave chase, stopping his cruiser in front of the Focus to force a stop. Miles allegedly rammed the police vehicle. The trooper had to move quickly to avert becoming caught between the two vehicles, leaping a concrete median to keep from being struck.
Miles left the scene in the car, crashing into a wall on I-80, then running and jumping off a wall along the highway, falling as much as 25 feet and injuring his leg or ankle before he was arrested by an off-duty police officer despite alleged resistance by Miles.
Not guilty pleas were entered on Miles’ behalf in the carjacking case. According to online court records, his first appearance in court Thursday was canceled. The hearing was rescheduled to Sept. 21.
Previously, Miles was convicted of third-degree burglary in December 2018 in Pinal County Superior Court, according to online court records. Records also show he faces additional charges of criminal trespass in Maricopa Municipal Court.