JOSEPH V. ROSS

A man faces a felony assault charge after allegedly ramming his truck into the Midway Bar & Grill Friday near Mountain Grove.

Joseph V. Ross, 34, whose address in court documents is listed as the Texas County Jail, is charged with first-degree assault (a class B felony) and driving while intoxicated. He is held on $500,000 bond.

In a report, a Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy reported being dispatched at about 4:50 p.m. regarding an intoxicated man trying to ram his vehicle into the bar on Business U.S. 60 just inside Texas County.

Responding deputies requested help from Mountain Grove police in securing the scene before their arrival.

When deputies arrived, police already had the man in custody, and he was turned over to county authorities.

The deputy reported that during investigation, the determination was made that Ross had rammed his gray Ford F-150 into the business near the front door after revving up the engine.

He’d earlier been asked to leave because he was unruly, yelling and cursing.

A deputy reported that a check of Ross’ criminal history revealed no prior DWI offenses, but he had three absent-without-leave charges while with the U.S. military, that resulted in a bad conduct discharge in December 2005.

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