A Dana resident accused of endangering the lives of two family members during an altercation this year appeared in Floyd Circuit Court last week for an arraignment.

Circuit Judge Tom Smith scheduled a pretrial conference to be held Oct. 24 in the case against Clifford Jarrell Jr., 54.

Jarrell was indicted last month and charged with second-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and several traffic violations. 

Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner reported after the indictment was issued in June that the alleged incident involved a man and a teenager who are related to Jarrell. He reported that the alleged victims claim that Jarrell ran their vehicle off the road. Turner reported last month that there was also an allegation in this case about an assault with a bat. 

The indictment alleges that Jarrell allegedly assaulted Bruce Jarrell and damaged or destroyed property that belonged to him on April 6, and that he “wantonly engaged in conduct” that created a “substantial danger of death and/or serious physical injury” to a child.

According to documents filed in Floyd County District Court, the Kentucky State Police investigated a single vehicle collision on Ky. 1426 at the mouth of Sampson Fork on April 6, in which a Chevy Trailblazer driven by Clifford Jarrell ran off the road and hit a tree. 

The district court file indicate that both Jarrell and the alleged victim in the case told the KSP conflicting stories on the day the incident occurred. 

The district court file reports that Clifford Jarrell claimed that Bruce Jarrell ran his vehicle off the road, but Bruce Jarrell denied that allegation when he arrived on scene. 

The documents said that he told KSP officials that Clifford Jarrell ran him off the road and a woman, who was arrested that day on other charges, hit him in the head with a bat. 

Smith set a $2,000 surety bond for Clifford Jarrell. He was also ordered to have no violations of the law, no contact with the alleged victims in the case and to not possess any weapon.

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