Samson Arrest

A Geneva County man is in jail this morning on more than a dozen charges, including assault on a police officer and the theft of his patrol vehicle.

Samson Police Chief Anthony Stewart is lucky to be alive.

Earlier this week, Chief Stewart got out of his patrol car to question a man carrying a public street sign.

Reportedly, the man smashed the sign over Chief Stewart’s head. The man then got into the patrol car, and took off with the chief hanging from the moving car.

Police arrested 44-year-old Danny Bess at his mother's apartment in Samson.

Bess allegedly got out of the patrol car and stole a second vehicle before leading authorities on an hour-long high-speed chase.

Chief Stewart says it's a miracle that no one was badly injured in the incident.

Additional charges are pending.