Jason Mills

A suspect who dragged a Franklin County deputy while trying to flee in a vehicle is being held in the county jail on probation violations in multiple prior felony cases.

Jason Mills, 36, Fredericktown, also is accused in the latest case with threatening to shoot deputies investigating the theft of a vehicle.

Sheriff Gary Toelke said deputies located the vehicle about 3 a.m. Friday at a home on St. Louis Rock Road in the Villa Ridge area and while there they noticed a vehicle pull up and the driver and passenger get out.

When deputies approached, the driver, Mills, got back into the car and attempted to flee, refusing orders to stop.

Deputies attempted to subdue Mills with a stun gun but he continued to struggle and drove in reverse while dragging a deputy, Toelke said.

He was tased again but continued to struggle, then broke free and attempted to flee on foot while continuing to resist.

At one point Mills stated he was going to shoot the deputies.

While attempting to gain control of Mills one of the deputies noticed a red laser dot near his face and saw it was coming from a handgun that Mills was attempting to remove from his pocket.

Mills was then sprayed with pepper mace and deputies were able to subdue him and seize the weapon.

According to the sheriff’s office, Mills has several warrants for his arrest including resisting arrest and probation violations.

Mills was found to be in possession of a .380 cal. handgun and suspected narcotics, authorities said.

Mills has criminal convictions dating back to 2002 and he has pleaded guilty to charges of vehicle tampering, resisting arrest, assault, possession of controlled substances and felony stealing, according to online court records.