Fleeing driver dumps salt on officers during police pursuit

A salt truck driver has been accused of fleeing police and dumping salt on officers after an incident in Ohio late last week. 

The incident occurred on Thursday, January 28th at near Reading, Ohio. 

According to Fox 19 News, Omar Armstrong was driving a city of Cincinnati salt truck along Reading Road near Sunnybrook Drive when he approached an officer pulled over for a traffic stop. 

Police say that Armstrong did not slow down or move over and nearly struck an officer before dumping salt on them and the civilian they were taking into custody. 

Officers claim that they then pursued the salt truck and attempted to pull it over, but Armstrong “looked back,” and then raised the bed of the truck, turning on the spreader and dumping a load of salt on the pursuing patrol car. 

The salt truck then headed down Interstate 75 north to the eastbound Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. The pursuit eventually came to a stop near Springfield Township when another officer was able to pull Armstrong over after he exited the highway. 

In court on Friday, Armstrong and his attorney claimed that he did not realize officers were pursuing him and that he had no intention of hurting anyone when he dumped the salt. He claims he was “just doing his job.”

Armstrong is currently being held on $9,000 bond on charges of attempted aggravated vehicular assault, failure to comply with police, reckless operation and traffic offenses.