Man accused of seriously injuring the Johnson County sheriff goes to court

Man accused of seriously injuring the Johnson County sheriff goes to court
By: Arnold Wyrick
BENTON, Ill. - The man who police say went on a rampage Tuesday afternoon, stealing two cars, and attempting to kill two people, started Friday morning in a Franklin County courtroom.
Dale Slaton was shackled and handcuffed, surrounded by deputies, as he shuffled into the courthouse.  After being read the charges against him, the judge appointed Slaton a public defender.
Franklin County State's Attorney Tom Dinn tells Heartland News that Slaton's actions on Tuesday afternoon when he rammed into Johnson County Sheriff Elry Faulkner's cruiser warranted one of the two attempted murder charges filed against Slaton.
"During the rampage he stole at least two or three different cars, two of them to run people over.  One of them his brother at the outset up in Ewing.  The other was when he drove off into the median and hit Sheriff Elry Faulkner," Dinn said.

Dinn went onto explain two other criminal charges Slaton faces. "I've charged him with aggravated vehicle hijacking, because he took both vehicles obviously by force.  And those are also Class X felonies," Dinn said.

Slaton is also charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a police officer, which are Class 2 felonies.
Slaton remains behind bars in the Franklin County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.